Family Law pp 80-99 | Cite as

Obtaining a Divorce

  • Kate Standley
Part of the Macmillan Professional Masters book series (PPML)


In this chapter we look at how a divorce is obtained and consider divorce procedure, the ground for divorce, and related matters, including protection for certain spouses and also conciliation. Finally, we consider the arguments and proposals for the reform of divorce law. The law is contained in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) and procedural rules in the Family Proceedings Rules 1991 (FPR 1991).


Prescribe Form Financial Provision Separate Household Judicial Separation Property Adjustment 
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Further Reading

  1. Booth, Hon Mrs Justice, Report of the Matrimonial Causes Procedure Committee (1985) HMSO.Google Scholar
  2. Brown, ‘Divorce Reform’ (1988) Fam Law 313.Google Scholar
  3. Dingwall and Eekelaar, Divorce, Mediation and the Legal Process (1988) Clarendon Press, Oxford.Google Scholar
  4. Fisher (ed.), Family Conciliation within the UK (1990) Jordans.Google Scholar
  5. Law Commission, Facing the Future — A Discussion Paper on the Ground for Divorce (Law Com No 170, 1988).Google Scholar
  6. Law Commission, Family Law: The Ground for Divorce (Law Com No 192, 1990).Google Scholar
  7. Mears, ‘Getting it wrong again? Divorce and the Law Commission’ (1991) Fam Law 231Google Scholar
  8. Newcastle Conciliation Project Unit, Report to the Lord Chancellor on the Costs and Effectiveness of Concilation in England and Wales (1989) University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.Google Scholar
  9. Roberts, ‘Systems or selves? Some ethical issues in family mediation’ (1990) JSWL 6.Google Scholar
  10. Roberts, ‘Who is in charge? Reflections on recent research on the role of the mediator’ (1992) JSWFL 372.Google Scholar
  11. Roberts, ‘Mediation in the lawyer’s embrace’ (1992) MLR 258.Google Scholar
  12. Walker, ‘Divorce — whose fault? Is the Law Commission getting it right?’ (1991) Fam Law 234.Google Scholar
  13. Walker. ‘Conciliation in the 1990s’ (1991) Fam Law 12.Google Scholar

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