The Co-op have announced that they are now dealing with divorces on a sliding scale from £99.  Campaigners have been quick to step in and say that it will just encourage divorce and devalues marriage.  The divorce process itself is such a long and protracted one and despite the law’s best endeavours is still quite contentious.  Non-contentious divorce where both parties agree and have insufficient funds to fund separate lawyers should be able to access easier routes.  There is no merit when someone has decided to divorce to make it as painful and costly as possible.  The vast majority of people who take the difficult decision to divorce have spent a long time being unhappy, working on their relationship and have decided there is no alternative.  Divorce as I have said many times, is painful and has long term consequences. The fact that you can buy one at the Co-Op will make no difference to that and will not encourage anyone who is not in the market to divorce, to put one in their basket along with their groceries.