simplifying and modernising our island’s laws
Every year, about 240 couples get divorced in Jersey. We are considering how Jersey divorce law may need to be reformed to better reflect the needs of everybody affected. The issues being considered include whether Jersey should adopt a ‘no fault’ approach to the grounds of divorce, whether the rule that the parties have been married for more than 3 years should be retained, and whether the law could do more to encourage couples to reconcile.
We published a consultation report (click here to read it) in December 2014; the formal consultation period ended on 31 March 2015. As part of the consultation process, we held a lunchtime seminar on 9 April 2015, including a question and answer session.
We are now analysing the responses to consultation and preparing a topic report, containing our recommendations. We expect to publish a final topic report, setting out recommendations, by the end of 2015.