Government proposals for ‘no fault’ divorce undermine marriage as a solemn commitment. It allows anyone to walk away at any time, without having to give a good reason and with the full support of the State.
Marriage remains defined in law as a lifelong union. Yet divorce would become a simple administrative process, which can be unilaterally sought without being open to contest and without providing any reason save giving notice to the court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
Such a lethal cocktail would eat the heart out of the very meaning of marriage.