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‘Important details in Divorce Bill must be addressed to ensure it is clear, fair and accessible’

Law Society submits written evidence to Bill Committee

The Law Society has published its written evidence submitted to the Public Bill Committee examining the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. The Committee has now reported the Bill without amendments to the House of Commons. The Bill is now due to have its report stage and third reading on a date to be announced. Amendments can be made to the Bill at Report Stage.

Whilst welcoming the introduction of the Bill, the Law Society considers that there are still important details that need to be addressed to ensure that the Bill is clear, fair and accessible to those who need to use it.

In the Law Society's opinion, the key areas requiring amendment are:

The Law Society also believes that the current £550 court fee for divorce applications adds an extra financial hurdle to what is already a costly process for many separating couples. The government's new online divorce system will cut the cost of administration for the courts and this should be reflected in application fees.

For the full written submission, click here. For the Law Society's press release in respect of it, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.