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At present the law of England and Wales requires fault for a marriage to be dissolved. Section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) requires that the petitioner demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. MCA 1973, s 1(2) sets out the five facts which, if one or more is proved, will establish this. These are:
adultery such that the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent
two years’ separation with consent, or
five years’ separation
MCA 1973, s 1(2) specifically provides that the marriage has irretrievably broken down if ‘one or more
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