Top judge criticises UK divorce system

Couples who find grounds for divorce are too easily able to put an end to their marriage in the UK, a top judge has suggested.

Sir Paul Coleridge highlighted that the stigma attached to getting divorced is no longer present, making it easier to get a divorce than a drivers' licence.

The High Court Family Division judge told BBC Radio Five Live that divorce is now a "form-filling exercise" that can be completed within six weeks if the split is amicable.

"In about 1950 you weren't allowed in the royal enclosure at Ascot if you were divorced. That now would include half the Royal Family," he commented.

Sir Paul believes that there need to be tighter controls to combat the decline in marriages, which he believes has been brought on by a rise in anti-social behaviour and binge drinking.

He also indicated that the government needs to set up an independent commission to reform marriage, divorce and family laws.

Published on: July 22, 2011

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