Question to the Ministry of Justice:
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 6 July (HL1300), whether they have departed from the commitment made by Lord Keen of Elie in his letter dated 16 March 2020 (DEP2020-0150) to gather evidence, consult and develop recommendations relating to the law governing financial provision on divorce.
The Government remains committed to examining the law governing financial provision on divorce.
On 22 January, in answer to written question HL11921 from the noble Baroness, I said that the Government was committed to set up a Lord Chancellor’s working group to take forward that work, including consideration of whether there are problems with the current law. In February 2021, the Nuffield Foundation began an independent research project to investigate how divorcing couples in England and Wales negotiate financial arrangements, both inside and outside the legal system. This study, “Fair Shares? Sorting out money and property on divorce”, aims to provide the first fully representative picture of divorcing couples in England and Wales.
In light of this important study, and its relevance to the gathering of evidence, the Government will further consider how best to progress the commitments made by Lord Keen and will announce its intentions in due course.