Islanders who have had a marriage dissolved in Guernsey, either through divorce or
annulment, are being invited to contribute to a review of the island’s matrimonial causes
In light of the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation, the Policy & Resources
Committee committed to reform the Matrimonial Causes, (Guernsey), (1939) Law. The
reform of the law was prioritised in the Policy & Resource Plan, in support of achieving the
One Community: inclusive and committed to social justice outcome. While led by the Policy
& Resources Committee, the work is being carried out in collaboration with St James’
Chambers, officers from Employment & Social Security and the Family Bar.
The review will look at how to address some of the complex issues relating to divorce and
annulment, to ensure that the law is equal, inclusive and reflective of modern society.
Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy & Resources Committee, said:
‘The review of the matrimonial causes law is progressing and an important next step
will be to hear the views of those who have experienced getting divorced here in
Guernsey. The break-up of a marriage is a difficult time for all couples and, while no
one can remove that trauma, we want to make sure the process is as painless as
possible. The information collected will help ensure that any problems with the
current approach can be fully understood and an informed decision taken on any
Members of the public who have had a marriage dissolved in Guernsey are being asked to
share their views and experiences on the process. Respondents can provide feedback in two
different ways; via one-to-one interviews or an online survey.
All responses will be kept confidential, anonymised and only used to inform the matrimonial
causes review. The time commitment will be no more than an hour and the consultation will
take place in June.
Expressions of interest should be sent to Helga Carre, Helga.firstname.lastname@example.org, Strategy &
Policy, by 31 May 2018.