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Manx government consults on ‘no fault’ divorce legislation

Bill based on Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

The Manx government is consulting on draft legislation to amend the grounds for divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and judicial separation. Leave was granted in October 2018 to Garff MHK Daphne Caine to introduce a Private Member's Bill by the House of Keys. The Bill, based on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, introduced in the last Westminster parliamentary session, is aimed at implementing a simpler administrative process to obtain a divorce, dissolution of civil partnership or judicial separation in place of the detailed judicial scrutiny which is associated with the fault-based process currently used in the Isle of Man.

The draft Bill seeks to address the following key issues:

The government on the Isle of Man is now consulting in order to obtain the views of the Isle's community on modernising this area of family law. For more information concerning the consultation, click here. For the draft Bill, click here.