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Resolution responds to news that Divorce Bill will be dropped

Numerous family law-related private members’ bills fail following prorogation

Resolution has responded to the news that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has failed as a consequence of the prorogation of Parliament. Generally, bills in progress cannot be carried over from one session into the next unless a carry-over motion is passed. Without such a motion, they must be abandoned or reintroduced from scratch in the next parliamentary session. The Government's prorogation of Parliament is subject to appeal to the Supreme Court which will be heard on 17 September.

Speaking in response to the Bill being dropped, Jo Edwards from Resolution, which has been at the forefront of the campaign for no fault divorce, said:

"It's obviously incredibly frustrating, given the support from politicians across the House, the judiciary, and the public, as well as Resolution members like myself. The argument for no fault divorce has been put and won, and it's simply down to wider events in Westminster and elsewhere that the Bill is not continuing its smooth passage through Parliament.

"However, given the wide support the Bill has so far enjoyed, together with the fact divorcing couples have waited for years for this reform, we are optimistic that measures can be reintroduced quickly in a new Parliament, and Resolution will be making the case in the coming weeks and months that Ministers should do just that."

As of 9 September 2019, there were in progress numerous private members' bills relating to family law. To check the state of progress of each of the various family law-related bills immediately prior to prorogation, click here and then click on the bill of interest to you. For an explanation of the effect of prorogation on legislation, click here. For the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, click here.