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Domestic Abuse Bill and Divorce Bill to fall on dissolution of Parliament

Parliament is due to be dissolved on 6 November ahead of the General Election on 12 December. On dissolution Bills progressing through Parliament fail and will need to be reintroduced in the next Parliament. Accordingly the Domestic Abuse Bill, which was at Committee stage in the House of Commons, and the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which was awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords, will fall.

For a letter from the Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins MP, to Carolyn Harris MP following the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill 2019 which concerns a number of issues arising in respect of the Bill, click here.

With regard to civil partnerships, the current government committed to changing the law by 31 December 2019 to allow opposite-sex couples to form civil partnerships. A consultation on the next steps concluded on 20 August 2019.