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‘No fault’ divorce bill enters final stages of legislative passage

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which, when enacted, will introduce 'no fault' divorce, received its second reading in the House of Commons on 8 June 2020. It has now been committed to a Committee of the whole House of Commons and remaining stages (that is, report stage and third reading of the bill) on Wednesday, 17 June 2020.

The bill has already passed all stages in the House of Lords. Following third reading in the Commons, the bill requires only Royal Assent to be enacted.

The introduction of 'no fault' divorce will require amendment of the Family Procedure Rules. The bill, as brought from the Lords, provides that it will come into force on the day it is passed insofar as it confers power to make provision by Family Procedure Rules.

For the bill as brought from the Lords, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing paper on the bill, click here.