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Law Society publishes parliamentary briefing on Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

Second reading scheduled for 5 February 2020

The Law Society has published a briefing outlining its views in relation to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. The bill is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 5 February. The bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords on 7 January, introduces a system of no-fault divorce.

The Law Society unequivocally welcomes and supports legislation to introduce no-fault divorce. However, the Society has 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.

In addition, the Law Society says that there are several clarifications that could be made to strengthen the bill and ensure that it is clear, fair and accessible. They are outlined in the briefing; for which, click here.

For the bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the bill, click here.