27 July 2020
The Law Society support The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, particularly the need to remove fault from the divorce process. However, their submission identifies potential challenges under the Human Rights Act.
The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors. They act to ensure safeguarding and the rule of law, including issues applicable to children and family law. This may touch on issues around relationship breakdown and children in the context of divorce or separation, plus children in public law and cross-border disputes.
The Law Society has made a submission to Joint Committee on Human Rights’ (JCHR) pre-legislative scrutiny of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.
Another issue concerns the need to ensure respondents are provided with sufficient notice to seek independent legal and financial advice. This would be in order to understand their position and reach the best decisions for themselves and any children involved in the relationship.