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Consultees sought to inform review of dissolution of marriage law

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Monday 21 May 2018

Islanders who have had a marriage dissolved in Guernsey, either through divorce or annulment, are being invited to contribute to a review of the island's matrimonial causes law.

In light of the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation, the Policy & Resources Committee committed to reform the Matrimonial Causes, (Guernsey), (1939) Law. The reform of the law was prioritised in the Policy & Resource Plan, in support of achieving the One Community: inclusive and committed to social justice outcome. While led by the Policy & Resources Committee, the work is being carried out in collaboration with St James' Chambers, officers from Employment & Social Security and the Family Bar.

The review will look at how to address some of the complex issues relating to divorce and annulment, to ensure that the law is equal, inclusive and reflective of modern society.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy & Resources Committee, said:

'The review of the matrimonial causes law is progressing and an important next step will be to hear the views of those who have experienced getting divorced here in Guernsey. The break-up of a marriage is a difficult time for all couples and, while no one can remove that trauma, we want to make sure the process is as painless as possible. The information collected will help ensure that any problems with the current approach can be fully understood and an informed decision taken on any improvements needed.'

Members of the public who have had a marriage dissolved in Guernsey are being asked to share their views and experiences on the process. Respondents can provide feedback in two different ways; via one-to-one interviews or an online survey.

All responses will be kept confidential, anonymised and only used to inform the matrimonial causes review. The time commitment will be no more than an hour and the consultation will take place in June.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Helga Carre, Helga.carre@gov.gg, Strategy & Policy, by 31st May 2018.

 

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