Divorce consultation closes

The Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reform of the legal requirements for divorce closed on Monday, the 10th of December.

Responders to the consultation have included The Law Society, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales; The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales; Resolution, the association of family lawyers; and the Family Law Bar Association, the specialist Bar Association for the Family Bar in England and Wales.

The Ministry of Justice is now analysing the feedback to the consultation, and when that has been completed it will publish the outcome, setting out the responses to the consultation, and the government’s own response to them, including how the government proposes to reform the law on divorce. It is expected that the outcome will most likely be published in the Spring of next year.

Family Law Cafe awaits the outcome with great interest, and hopes that the government’s final proposals provide a workable system that achieves the consultation’s aim of reducing conflict on divorce. If they do, then we could at last have a divorce system fit for the twenty-first century.

You can read the Ministry of Justice’s consultation document here.

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