Former treasurer of the Conservative Party Lord Farmer has told a party conference event that the government's proposals to introduce 'no-fault' divorce will undermine marriage and contribute to the 'breakdown of society'. He described the reforms as a symptom of 'hyper-liberalism', and implied that even in cases involving domestic violence, divorce might not be the answer.
At the moment, if you want to divorce in the UK, you must allege either adultery or 'unreasonable behaviour' by your spouse in your divorce petition. After a long campaign by family lawyers and others, the government's proposals will change that. They are almost unanimously supported by those working in the family justice system.
Thankfully, attitudes to divorce like those of Lord Farmer are becoming rarer in wider society, but they do have some powerful advocates: his speech was introduced by potential future Conservative leadership contender Jacob Rees-Mogg.
No-Fault Divorce Is 'Lacking In Morality', Says Senior Tory