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Private Members Bill seeks to force review of divorce law

Baroness Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division, ii sponsoring the BIll.

  • The Government will be forced to review the current fault based divorce law if a just-published Private Members Bill gets into law.

    The Divorce (etc.) Law Review Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division. 

    If enacted, the Bill would force the Government to start a review within 6 months and expressly asks them to consider replacing the current law with a no fault based scheme set out in the accompanying schedule as follows:

    Ground for divorce etc.

    1 The sole ground for divorce or judicial separation, or the dissolution of a civil partnership or the separation of civil partners, is to be irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or civil partnership.

    2 (1) The irretrievable breakdown is to be evidenced in each case by—

    (a) the making of an application to the court, and

    (b) the subsequent confirmation of that application.

    (2) No further evidence or reason is to be required.

    The Bill received a First Reading on the 18th of July. You can download the full text of the Bill and follow the Bill's progress on the Parliament website.

News, published: 19/07/2018

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Published: 19/07/2018

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