Sir James Munby, head of the High Court's Family Division, said many Brits live in households far different than the traditional nuclear family
The collapse of the nuclear family should be welcomed and applauded, Britain’s most senior family judge said yesterday.
Sir James Munby, who is the President of the Family Division of the High Court, said the modern family was complex and took an ‘infinite variety of forms’.
He said there was a new reality of single-parent households, same-sex marriages and adopted families that the law was ‘maddeningly slow’ to adapt to.
Sir James said that many Britons ‘live in families more or less removed from what, until comparatively recently, would have been recognised as the typical nuclear family’, adding: ‘This, I stress, is not merely the reality; it is, I believe, a reality which we should welcome and applaud.’
In a speech at Liverpool University, Sir James said: ‘People live together as couples, married or not, and with partners who may not always be of the other sex. Children live in households where their parents may be married or unmarried.
‘They may be brought up by a single parent, by two parents or even by three parents. Their parents may or may not be their natural parents.
‘They may be children of parents with very different religious, ethnic or national backgrounds. They may be the children of