Revocation of Wills: Consultation Paper

Under the present law, a will is automatically revoked on marriage or divorce.   These long-standing rules are intended to protect the interests of spouses and children of  the makers of wills.   However,  it has been suggested the the changing social and legal context may sometimes defeat the purpose of the rules, and even make them a problem.  This Consultation Paper discusses when a will is automatically revoked due to marriage or divorce.

Change of Name of Children of Divorced Parents: Proposals

There is currently no obligation to consult a non-custodial parent upon application to change a child’s surname after divorce. The Change of Name Act should be amended so that parental consent is required, except where a court determines that dispensing with consent is in the best interest of the child.