Plan for divorce without a judge sows discord in France


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The French government has put forward plans to change the way that couples can get divorced. Last Thursday, May 19th, Members of Parliament in the National Assembly backed an amendment to allow couples splitting through mutual consent to avoid having to appear before a judge to sanction it. Instead the couple would each hire a lawyer to negotiate the divorce settlement which would then be registered with a notary or notaire at a cost of 50 euros.