Religious Marriages and the Domestic Abuse Bill

On Monday 8th March 2021, the House of Lords discussed an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill that would have included unreasonably preventing the dissolution of a Jewish religious marriage with a “get” under the definition of abusive behaviour.

In the end, the amendments were not voted on given the Government’s undertaking that matter would be specifically dealt with in the statutory guidance.

The debate can be read here

This is a welcome development. My forthcoming book – Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform discusses how existing criminal law provisions can help deal with issues raised by religious marriages.

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