Divorce law reform briefing: Rights of Women

Rights of Women has released new research calling for urgent reform on divorce laws. This new research evidences that current divorce law is discriminatory against women and has a disproportionately negative effect on women who have experienced domestic abuse and/or are of a low income. In particular the evidence highlights that the fault-based system:

  • Keeps women in abusive relationships longer than they would stay otherwise
  • Forces reliance on ‘unreasonable behaviour’, unnecessarily raising temperatures and the risk of abuse
  • Provides opportunities for perpetrators to continue their abuse by prolonging proceedings and abusing the court process 

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