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Sandra Davis' Week: Family Law – The Norwegian Blue?

Date:2 JUN 2011

Sandra DavisSpeaking a couple of weeks ago Sir Paul Coleridge described our divorce and matrimonial finance laws as "a dead parrot". Law reform since 1970 has been he said "by inertia stealth common sense and the laws of cricket."

His speech which can be found here warrants reading by practitioners and politicians alike.

The thrust of Sir Paul's argument is that whilst the impact of our body of family law touches at some time or other on the lives of nearly all of society in the field of divorce and matrimonial finance in particular our laws are out of date and no longer fit for purpose; indeed the last comprehensive Parliamentary reform took place in 1971 on the basis of the findings of an inquiry by a Royal commission which had sat 20 years earlier.

In the intervening period since the Matrimonial Causes Act was implemented it has been left to...

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