no fault divorce

no fault divorce

n. divorces (dissolutions) in which neither spouse is required to prove "fault" or marital misconduct on the part of the other. To obtain a divorce a spouse must merely assert incompatibility or irreconcilable differences, meaning the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This means there is no defense to a divorce petition (so a spouse cannot threaten to "fight" a divorce), there is no derogatory testimony, and marital misconduct cannot be used to achieve a division of property favorable to the "innocent" spouse. Increasingly popular since the 1960s, no fault divorce is in effect in every state except Illinois and South Dakota. (See: divorce)

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One of these laws is the law that allows no fault divorce and which has proved very controversial.
I can't imagine no fault divorce being cancelled or even being controversial," Reham comments.
The only solution was the no fault divorce," Reham continues.
But some people are confident that this law won't be cancelled, but only revised, to ensure that justice is achieved for both the husband and the wife who proclaims the no fault divorce.
According to Ministry of Justice statistics, there are currently 40,000 no fault divorce cases in the courts.
The no fault divorce is guaranteed by the Supreme Constitutional Court, which recently rejected an appeal against the law," Tahani el-Gibali, the Vice-President of the Supreme Constitutional Court, says.
Wardle, No Fault Divorce and the Divorce Conundrum, 1991 BYU L.
WASHINGTON -- Arizona consumers do not need to hire a lawyer for their uncontested legal needs, including wills, living trusts, immigration forms, no fault divorces, business incorporations and bankruptcies.
WASHINGTON -- Floridians do not need to hire a lawyer for their uncontested legal needs, including wills, living trusts, immigration forms, no fault divorces, business incorporations and bankruptcies.
WASHINGTON -- Californians do not need to hire a lawyer for their uncontested legal needs, including wills, living trusts, immigration forms, no fault divorces, business incorporations and bankruptcies.
WASHINGTON -- New Yorkers do not need to hire a lawyer for their uncontested legal needs, including wills, living trusts, immigration forms, no fault divorces, business incorporations and bankruptcies.