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State-Church to go their separate ways regarding divorces

The Justice Ministry is in favour of partial or complete abolition of the Church’s involvement in divorces, it told the House Legal Committee on Tuesday.

The big reform of the Family Law discussion began in 2015, was interrupted in 2018, restarted in 2019, and was interrupted again but resumed the day before yesterday before the House Legal Committee with the discussion of four out of a total of eight draft bills.

Justice Minister Stefi Drakou said that the proposed reforms emphasize what is good for children but also equality between the parents, the equal distribution of burdens between them, as well as on the quick processing of cases.

These bills aim at the complete abolition of the Church’s involvement since according to practice, priests do not participate in Family Courts.

Among the most important provisions of the four bills is the increase of the age limit for marriage from 16 to 18 years and the ability of the children of divorced parents to request psychological support after the age of 16.

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