Jersey considers major divorce reforms



Jersey in the Channel Islands is considering major reform to its divorce laws.

As a crown dependency, Jersey has a separate legal system which has been effectd by both French and English law. It is centred around the Royal Court in the capital Saint Helier.

Residents possess now been invited to supply their views on the planned varys. Amongst the options under consideration are the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, in which there would be no necessitate to ‘blame’ your spouse for the end of the marriage; the removal of a three year minimum marriage period before divorce becomes available; and  the introduction of compulas a resultry mediation for eextremely divorcing couple, to stimulate them to try and agree a settlement before going to court.

A public consultation on these proposals was launched with a live chat on Facebook earlier this week. No less than 450 people took part.

Kristina Moore is the Home Affairs Minister for the as a result-called ‘States of Jersey’, the island’s government. She said:

“The States agreed, in principle, in 2015 that our divorce laws should be radically reformed. Our current law, the Matrimonial Causes Law 1949, is almost 70-years-old and does not reflect how people live today. Reform is long overdue.”

She added:

“Our current system of divorce can be highly adversarial. Children and families of divorcing couples get caught up in the process and affected by the outcomes, especially where there are contested court proceedings.”.

Photo of Saint Helier by Amanda Slater via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence