Two long-awaited and much-needed family justice reforms have been stopped in their tracks by the dissolution of parliament for next month's general election, having not completed their passage through parliament in time to reach the statute books. 

The Domestic Abuse Bill, which is intended to bar abusers from cross-examining their victims in the family courts, and the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which is intended to introduce 'no fault' divorce, have both fallen for the second time in two months. This is, unfortunately, symptomatic of the governmental paralysis caused by parliament's complete inability to deal with Brexit.

We can only hope that whatever government emerges after the election puts these two bills back on the parliamentary agenda in the new year, and then lasts long enough to finally see them through. Whether that will happen is anybody's guess at the moment.