The president of the Supreme Court has taken the constitutionally unusual step of publicly criticising a bill that is making its way through parliament. Lady Hale said the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, introduced by crossbench peer Baroness Deech, was 'more threatening' to the support system of the family than the perceived threat from no-fault divorce.
Lady Hale made her comments in a speech entitled 'What is a 21st Century Family', delivered at the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice on 1 July but published by the Supreme Court yesterday.
Baroness Deech's bill had its third reading in the House of Lords in December. It is now before the Commons, though no date for a second reading has been set.
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