This Commons Library briefing paper provides background information for Commons Report stage of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19Jump to full report >>
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the House of Commons on 13 June 2019 as Bill 404 of 2017-19. Information about the Bill is provided on the Bill page on the Parliament website.
In short, the Bill would:
The law relating to judicial separation, and to dissolution of civil partnership and separation of civil partners, would be amended in a similar way.
A Commons Library briefing paper, published for Second Reading of the Bill in the Commons, provides background information.
Second Reading of the Bill took place on 25 June 2019. The Bill is supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
The Bill was considered by a Public Bill Committee in two sittings on 2 July 2019. At its first sitting the Committee heard evidence from witnesses. The Public Bill Committee also received written submissions which are available on the Bill page on the Parliament website.
At its second sitting on 2 July 2019, the Public Bill Committee conducted a line-by-line consideration of the Bill. No amendments had been tabled. The Bill was scrutinised by way of clause stand part debates. All clauses were ordered to stand part of the Bill without any division. The Bill was reported without amendment.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-8618
Author: Catherine Fairbairn