Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Time for Reform

Baroness Deech is back in the news. In a speech today she will apparently say that our divorce laws (at least insofar as they relate to finances) should be remodelled along European lines. This will involve a community property regime, and pre-nuptial agreements being enforceable. The speech may be new but this is, in fact, old news - precisely what she was saying when she hit the headlines a month ago.

As I've indicated before, I don't agree with everything that Baroness Deech says, but I do agree that there should be more certainty in our ancillary relief laws. I also agree that the government has shirked responsibility for re-examining the law, and that it is time for legislative reform, rather than leaving the matter to the vagaries of judicial interpretation (and re-interpretation) of old laws.

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