Sir James Munby Praises The Times Family Matters Campaign

Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court of England and Wales, has praised The Times’ campaign for divorce law reform.

Sir James, the most senior family judge, said the newspaper had “gathered together a remarkable coalition of the great and the good in support of its campaign” for the Family Matters campaign. 

Speaking in a lecture to the University of Edinburgh law school, Sir James said that radical reform of divorce law is badly needed to end blame between couples and the “hypocrisy” of the system.

He also urged reform of the “still creaking rules about access to and reporting of family cases.”

Other senior judicial figures have backed the The Times’ campaign to modernise family legislation which was launched with the Marriage Foundation in November last year.

Key objectives of the newspaper’s campaign include: 

  • The abolition of the need during divorce proceedings to allege fault or blame, which has caused people to remain locked for years in loveless marriages.
  • The end of the so-called meal ticket for life maintenance awards.
  • Statutory backing for prenuptial contracts.