Supporting family law reform


Whilst the proposed divorce reform announced last week is a welcome step in the right direction, we are still a long way from bringing family law and processes into the 21st century, with delays and frustrations across the family courts being experienced by spouses and practitioners alike. Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division, last week repeated the call for effective and early listing of financial cases and the expansion of the financial remedy courts nationwide along with the introduction of full digitisation.  This would undoubtedly provide much needed relief for separating couples and would help eliminate the acrimony that is currently all too often present.

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Legislation aimed at reducing "mudslinging" between divorcing couples in England and Wales has been tabled in the Commons. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is the biggest shake-up of divorce laws in 50 years, says the government. Currently, one spouse must allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for divorce proceedings to start straight away. This creates upset and can be damaging to children involved, say ministers.
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