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Parliamentary briefing: Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill - House of Lords committee stage
This briefing outlines our views in relation to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill ahead of Committee Stage in the House of Lords on 3 March.
The Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords on 7 January and its second reading on 5 February, introduces a system of no-fault divorce.
The bill will:
- replace the requirement to provide evidence of conduct or separation with a new requirement to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown followed by an overall period of notice of 26 weeks
- remove the possibility of contesting the divorce as the statement of irretrievable breakdown will be taken as determinative of such
- introduce the option for a joint application
- update the language used to ensure it is fit for the modern age; for example, decree nisi to conditional order and decree nisi to final order
We welcome and support the Bill and have been vocal in our support of no-fault divorce.
In relation to the Bill we have one key area for improvement, that the 26-week period of notice should begin from the date of service, for example when the respondent has formal receipt of notice or can be taken to have receipt of notice.