The White House on Friday signed a letter of intent with a private lawyer to end the decades-old tradition of a no-faults divorce, the Associated Press reported.
President Donald Trump signed the letter after he signed the legislation earlier this month.
“This is a victory for the American people.
This is a win for the rule of law,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
“We are also delighted to be signing this letter to end this centuries-old legal tradition.
No-fails divorces are one of the few remaining legal protections that make the divorce process easier and more fair for the parties.”
The move comes a day after the Justice Department released a memo arguing that “no-fs” divorces have been the law of the land since 1792.
“The government cannot take away the rights of parties who wish to terminate a marriage based on the fact that they are divorced or civilly remarried,” the memo said.
The move also comes amid a push to end “no” divorcing.
Earlier this month, a group of states sued to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that said a man can divorce his wife and marry another woman, but only after she completes her studies.
The “no marriage” rule was established after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that made “no fucks given” divorce laws, and in 2015, the U,S.
Department of Justice sued to block “no divorce” laws in Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.
The White House is working with state attorneys general and lawyers in other states to determine how to implement the “no spouse” rule.