DIVORCES: Traditionally involved three parties - perhaps the husband, his wife, and her lover introduction of legal aid for the poor in the 1940s.

The Divorce Reform Act was passed in 1969. This introduced 'separation clauses', allowing people to divorce without having to prove that one party or the other was at fault. The Act was updated by the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. Provided you have been married a full year, you can now seek a divorce on the grounds of adultery; unreasonably behaviour; desertion for two years or separation for two years with the respondent's consent.

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