Baroness Hale: no fault divorce would strengthen responsibility

April 24, 2018 2 comments

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No fault divorce would increase a general sense of family responsibility the President of the Supreme Court has claimed. Speaking over the weekend at the annual conference of Resolution, Baroness Hale of Richmond gave her stamp of approval to the family law organisation’s ongoing campaign to reform Britain’s ageing divorce laws, saying: “It may seem…

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Resolution bangs the drum for no fault divorce

April 20, 2018 0 comments

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Family law organisation Resolution has repeated its long-standing call for the introduction of no fault divorce at its National Conference in Bristol. Members highlighted the imminent arrival at the Supreme Court of the much-discussed Owens v Owens case, in which the eponymous Mrs Owens was refused a divorce on the grounds that she had failed…

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Gauke moving with the times on divorce

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February 8, 2018 1 comment

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Or: The Times successfully undermines marriage even more… I shall take no credit for it, but it is nevertheless very pleasing to read that the new Lord Chancellor David Gauke is heeding my calls for no-fault divorce. OK, he’s not actually said that the Government will introduce no-fault divorce, just that he will “examine the…

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The bailiwick shows us the way on divorce reform

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January 30, 2018 0 comments

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Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always had the impression that the Bailiwick of Jersey is quite a conservative place, resistant to change. For example, they still technically had the death penalty until 2006, and birching was still practised on Jersey long after it was abolished over here. It is therefore slightly ironic that Jersey is now…

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Jersey considers major divorce reforms

January 26, 2018 1 comment

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Jersey in the Channel Islands is considering major reform to its divorce laws. As a crown dependency, Jersey has a separate legal system which has been influenced by both French and English law. It is centred around the Royal Court in the capital Saint Helier. Residents have now been invited to give their views on…

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Sir Paul Coleridge backs newspaper campaign for family law reform

January 3, 2018 0 comments

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Former High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has backed a newspaper campaign for family law reform. Writing in The Times this week, the Marriage Foundation chair described the Family Matters campaign as “both timely and courageous” and expressed his full support. The aims of Family Matters include the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, automatic recognition…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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