Britain’s divorce law requires urgent reform as it sends women a negative message that financial security can come from finding a wealthy man and that careers are not necessary, a leading female lawyer has warned.
Baroness Deech, a member of the House of Lords, said a serious overhaul of legislation is required. Emphasizing its absurdity, as she sees it, Deech has called on MPs to take swift action.
The Baroness made the comments in an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday.
A former law lecturer at Oxford University, Deech also acted as chair of Britain’s Bar Standards Board for six years. The board oversees the training, education and standards for UK barristers.
Deech has long been vocal about perplexing uncertainties in UK divorce law and the sky-high legal bills faced by couples locked in lengthy divorce battles.
In her role as an independent peer, Deech is currently steering a draft bill through the House that seeks to make pre-marital and postnuptial pacts binding.
Under the proposed legislation, a couple seeking divorce would see property acquired in the course of their marriage divided, but assets individually owned prior to this would not be.
The bill would improve current divorce law, which sends a signal to young women seeking out a moneyed man is all one need do for a financially secure life, according to Deech.
Date: Thu 24 Jul 2014
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