HC Deb 25 November 1958 vol 596 cc31-2W
91. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Attorney-General if his attention has been called to the legal difficulties arising from the case of Dolling versus Dolling, recently before the Court of Appeal; and if he will give consideration to amending the law of divorce to enable marriages to be dissolved on the grounds that a spouse has changed his or her sex.

The Attorney-General

I am not aware of any legal difficulties. The Court of Appeal held, on the particular facts of this case, that the conduct of the respondent did not amount to cruelty. I do not think that there is any need to amend the law by seeking to specify what acts constitute cruelty for the purposes of the law of divorce or by making express provision for the type of case mentioned in the Question.