On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, the government announced the intention for dramatic reform of the divorce law of England and Wales, to produce a no-fault basis. This was introduced but never implemented by Parliament in 1996. It is desperately overdue and supported by all family lawyers. Nevertheless beyond this headline, there are many concerns about how the process will work in practice. So often it’s the practice rather than the law which affects people and perceptions. This note sets out some of these initial concerns. In particular there seems little active opportunity for prospects of reconciliation or mediation. References to periods of reflection are thoroughly misleading and probably a sop to objectors of this reform.