Panorama - Divorce

This report looks into the current proposal for changes to the law that would prevent the need for a 'matrimonial offence' to have been committed and grant a divorce if a couple have been separated for seven years. A private detective who earns his living from 'surprising' adulterous partners so that a matrimonial offence can be proved explains the workings of the current system. Reporter John Morgan then meets people who are trapped by the current laws and Church leaders on both sides of the argument for divorce reform.

Leo Abse put forward the Matrimonial Causes Bill later in 1963; it was passed and the Act became law in 1964. Abse also put through the Private Member's Bill that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

↗ Originally broadcast 11 March 1963.

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