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Islanders to be asked for their views on Jersey's 70-year-old divorce law

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Islanders in Jersey will be asked for their views on the island's 70-year-old divorce law, nearly 4 years after the States agreed to replace it.

Divorce reform, civil partnerships and the minimum age islanders can get married are all up for debate.

Possible changes to Jersey's divorce law include:

  • Removing the three year bar on divorce - At the moment islanders have to be married three years before filing for divorce.
  • Moving to & fault divorce - Allowing couples to get divorce without having to prove their spouse was at fault.
  • Introducing joint filing - At the moment, one spouse must divorce the other, even when they both agree their marriage has ended.

Islanders will also be asked if opposite sex couples should be allowed to enter a civil partnership.

This is after the UK Supreme Court ruled that it is discriminatory to only allow same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership.

Islanders will also be asked to if the minimum age of marriage should be raised to 18.

This is after the United Nations Committee on the Convention of the Rights of the Child recommended Jersey stops 16 and 17-year-olds marrying.

The first of the three public meetings will take place on Tuesday 22nd of January.