1. France’s government wants to allow divorce without a judge

France’s government wants to allow divorce without a judge

The French government plans to allow divorce by mutual consent to proceed without a judge...

By: | Paris | Published: May 17, 2016 5:01 PM
Divorce, Divorce in France, Divorce News in France Family associations expressed fears that the best interests of children would not be protected enough. (Reuters)

The French government plans to allow divorce by mutual consent to proceed without a judge, to simplify and accelerate the process.

Details are to be discussed at the lower house of parliament during a debate starting Tuesday on a bill to modernize the country’s justice system.

Family associations expressed fears that the best interests of children would not be protected enough.

Justice minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said the process would cost about 50 euros ($56) at the notary office. Each spouse would be required to have a lawyer.

The divorce would still need to be pronounced by a judge if a child requests to be heard by a magistrate.

Urvoas told France Inter radio Tuesday he wants judges ”to focus on the litigious divorce cases”.

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