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Conscious uncoupling? Sir James Munby hints at separating divorce

Date:7 MAY 2014

Family Law special issue

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow did it. Now the President of the Family Division wants to do the same with divorce and ancillary relief proceedings.

In his address delivered on 29 April 2014 (which you can read here) Sir James Munby addressed the assembled judges and legal professionals on the changes implemented last week and then went on to consider what the next developments in family law might be. The one that has caught the attention of the media is the suggestion that the petition for divorce might in future be dealt with by a bureaucratic office such as a registrar rather than by the courts. He said:

'Has the time not come to uncouple the process of divorce from the process of adjudicating claims for financial relief following divorce just...

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