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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill receives second reading

Committee stage due to be completed by 4 July

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received its second reading on 25 June 2019. The Public Bill Committee will now scrutinise the Bill line by line. The first sitting of the Public Bill Committee will be on Tuesday, 2 July 2019. The Committee is expected to report by Thursday, 4 July 2019.

The Nuffield Foundation published a very useful briefing note ahead of the second reading. As the note says, the changes proposed by the Bill are consistent with evidence from a wide-ranging empirical study of how the divorce law in England and Wales is currently operating. The Finding Fault study was led by Professor Liz Trinder (Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Exeter) and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

For the Bill as introduced, click here. For the Nuffield Foundation's briefing note, click here.  For a briefing note prepared by the House of Commons Library in advance of the second reading, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.