Thursday, May 12, 2011
The job of the law
The Telegraph yesterday reported that Sir Paul Coleridge has called for an independent commission to reform divorce law, declaring that the current law was “no longer fit for purpose”. I'm afraid, however, that I rather lost interest in his comments when I saw that they were addressed to the Christian charity Care, which obviously wanted to hear Sir Paul saying that the law fuelled an "alarming" rise in marital breakdown, thereby causing “profound” damage to millions of children. You see, I do not think that the law should be used as a tool to keep couples together - no law is going to transform an unhappy marriage into a happy one. The job of the law should be to deal with the consequences of marriage breakdown, not its prevention.