Widespread media coverage as specialist divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag calls for no-fault divorce

By Thea Dunne -

Ayesha Vardag’s calls for no-fault divorce have resounded throughout the national media.

The case of Tini Owens, woman who has taken her fight to obtain a divorce to the Court of Appeal, has prompted the public examination of English divorce law. Ayesha has been reported arguing in the Daily Mail, BBC News and AOL UK, among others, that the case highlights the need for change.

Ayesha explained live on the BBC World Service today that though Tini Owens' case is unusual, it points towards a more fundamental problem with the “fault based system” in the UK which forces couples to “sling mud” to prove that their marriage has irretrievably broken down.

She described the system as a “barbaric relic of former times” which gravely threatened the chance for former-couples to remain friends and effective co-parents.

“A change in the English law is fundamentally required”, she argued.

Ayesha has long been lobbying for no-fault divorce, but laments that there is too little political will to make changes that would be so beneficial to family life.

Other news outlets reporting on Ayesha’s calls for change include the Belfast Telegraph, RTE.ieDarlington and Stockton TimesThe Westmorland GazetteHerald SeriesPeeblesshire NewsYour Local GuardianEast Lothian CourierNews & StarWiltshire Business and The Bolton News.

Update March 24th 2017: Tini Owens' appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

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Thea Dunne

Thea joined Vardags in September 2016. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and now writes as a legal journalist as well as manages Vardags' publicity.