The Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper and sharia

HMG has published its promised Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper. The proposals are wide-ranging and subject to a consultation (with some very general questions, almost for discussion rather than factual responses) which closes on 5 June. We shall no doubt be returning to this subject in future posts, but we thought it might be helpful to report the proposals on nikah weddings. Continue reading

A review of marriage and divorce law in England and Wales?

The Times reports (£) that the new Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has agreed to look again at the case for ‘no-fault’ divorce. According to the report, he told the paper:

“I know The Times has campaigned vigorously for reform of family law, including fault-based divorce, and a number of respected figures have voiced their support for change. I acknowledge the strength of feeling on this issue and will study the evidence for change.”

However, he added that he would not “rush to a conclusion”. Continue reading

The Charity Commission and the Annual Return 2018

In September 2017, the Charity Commission announced a consultation on the content of the charity Annual Return for 2018 (AR18). The Commission has now published the results of that consultation in the form of the Charities (Annual Return) Regulations 2017, which came into force on New Year’s Day: the questions to be answered are listed in a Schedule to the Regulations. Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 3rd December

A relationships-dominated round-up, from cohabiting via prenups to divorce

Baroness Hale calls for no-fault divorce

In an interview in The Times (£), the President of the Supreme Court has called for the reform of divorce law in England and Wales and said that it is time to look again at proposals made when she was at the Law Commission in the 1990s, suggesting that divorcing couples do not want to allege fault and that “it ups the ante. It is a difficult time for everybody”: Continue reading

Nuffield Foundation report calls for no-fault divorce

Today, the Nuffield Foundation has published a report, Finding Fault, which calls for the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales: there is a summary version here.

Divorce affects more than 100,000 families in England and Wales every year. Under the current law, the sole ground for divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  S.1 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 sets out the position as follows: Continue reading

Marriage law reform for England & Wales put on hold

Readers may remember that in December 2014 the Government asked the Law Commission to conduct a review of the law governing how and where people can marry in England and Wales. The question underlying the review was whether the current law provides a fair and coherent legal framework for enabling people to marry. Continue reading