Published 12 February 2013 | Standard notes SN01409
Part 2 of the Family Law Act 1996, most of which has never been brought into force, would have introduced “no fault divorces” and required the parties to a divorce to attend “information meetings” with a view to encouraging reconciliation where possible. A series of information meeting pilot schemes was launched in June 1997 following which Lord Irvine of Lairg, who was then Lord Chancellor, announced, in January 2001, that the Government would invite Parliament to repeal Part 2 once a suitable legislative opportunity occurred. He confirmed that this decision would not affect section 22, in Part 2, relating to the funding of marriage support services, which had been brought into force and would remain so.
Published 07 January 2013 | Standard notes SN00830
The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the use of personal information held on computer and, in some cases, in manual form by both the public and the private sector throughout the United Kingdom. The Act gives individuals the right of access to personal data which is being held on them. There are various other rights under the Act. The Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner (formerly the Data Protection Registrar).
Published 14 September 2012 | Standard notes SN01409
Part 2 of the Family Law Act 1996, most of which has never been brought into force, would have introduced “no fault divorces” and forced the parties to a divorce to attend “information meetings” with a view to encouraging reconciliation where possible. On 3 September 2012, the Government published Draft legislation on Family Justice for pre legislative scrutiny. The draft clauses would, among other things, repeal the provisions of Part 2 of the Family Law Act 1996 which have not already been brought into force.
Published 31 July 2012 | Standard notes SN06398
Section 60 of the Family Law Act 1996, which could allow third parties to apply for certain court orders on behalf of domestic violence victims, has never been brought into force. This note looks at some of the arguments surrounding this issue.
Published 22 May 2012 | Standard notes SN03989
The Labour Government introduced a number of reforms to the legal remedies for victims of domestic violence, and introduced a number of non-legislative measures. This note examines the development of Labour policy in this area.
Topic: Crimes of violence
Published 22 May 2012 | Standard notes SN06337
Domestic violence accounts for 18% of all violent incidents. Nearly one third of women and nearly one fifth of men say they have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. This standard note looks at the Goverment’s policy on this area.
Published 11 April 2012 | Standard notes SN04644
A new policy concession enables migrant spouses to apply for a temporary immigration status which allows recourse to public funds whilst their application for indefinite leave under the domestic violence rules is under consideration.
Published 12 March 2012 | Standard notes SN06250 Amended 14 March 2012
On 5 March 2012, the Government announced that it would be piloting a scheme to test a process for enabling the police to disclose to the public information about previous violent offending by a new or existing partner. The consultation on the scheme had shown it to be a controversial one. This note looks at the background and the reactions.
Published 09 March 2012 | Standard notes SN00727 Amended 14 March 2012
Domestic Violence: a select bibliography.