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Family Proceedings

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 228670, tabled on 5 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government plans to publish its Green Paper on family justice matters.

Answered on

21 March 2019

The Government is developing significant reforms in both private and public family law individually, and consulting on them as appropriate, as an alternative to a Green Paper.

The Government has recently consulted on proposals to reform divorce law to reduce family conflict. The Government will publish its response shortly and plans to introduce legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows. To help separating couples make arrangements for the future, we are increasing awareness of alternative dispute resolution options outside court, including mediation, through better and improved online information and signposting.

As announced in the Autumn Budget, the Government has asked the Law Commission to propose options for a simple and fair system of weddings to give couples meaningful choice.

The Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education have also developed proposals, in close collaboration with the sector, to address rising volumes of children entering the family justice system and local variation in that system. These proposals focus on better preparation of cases before court and diversion of cases from court where appropriate, making better use of the wider family network and promoting consistent and appropriate decisions in court.