- Making it more difficult to divorce - I've not seen any detail of how they propose to do this, but it seems to fly in the face of recent trends towards no-fault divorce.
- Making pre-nuptial agreements binding - something that is likely to happen anyway in the not-too-distant future, although I'm not sure that this will in fact encourage more people to get married save, perhaps, amongst the super-rich.
- Preventing children losing contact with their fathers and grandparents - a laudable aim, but how?
- Making divorce settlements 'more consistent' - does this entail doing away with our discretionary system?
- Setting up a network of 'family relationship centres', which can help separating or divorcing couples. A nice idea (although I'm not sure how it will differ from Relate), but where is the funding going to come from?
- Scrapping plans to give property rights to cohabitees, which are seen to undermine marriage - going against Labour policy that families of all kinds are equally viable, and that marriage is merely a 'lifestyle choice'.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tory Reform Plans
As has been widely reported (see, for example, here), the Conservative party is likely to adopt a set of proposals to reform family law in this country, with the aim of 'strengthening families'. The proposals include the following: