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Buckland: divorce reform needs to move faster

5th February 2024

Law Gazette

Work to reform the laws governing finances on divorce needs to move more quickly, a former lord chancellor told family law campaigners this week.

Conservative MP Sir Robert Buckland KC, head of policy and senior counsel at Payne Hicks Beach, said he was proud to have steered through the reforms that created no-fault divorce, which came into force in April 2022 - but 'unfinished business' remains.

The Law Commission announced last April that it had begun preliminary work on financial remedies on divorce, with the aim of publishing a scoping paper in November. The announcement came a year after the government promised a review ‘within a matter of weeks’.

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