I have been keen to see the end of the blame game in divorce proceedings. The requirement to establish behaviour or adultery as a fact of why the marriage has broken down irretrievably, if a couple wish to divorce before two years with consent adds in my view, unnecessary acrimony in what is already a highly emotive situation. This article provides a welcome update by the Law Gazette that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is working through the final stages in Parliament which will remove fault from divorce.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was first introduced to the House of Commons on 14 June last year but came to a standstill twice – as a result of September’s prorogation of parliament and December’s general election. After passing a second reading in the House of Commons last week, the bill was committed to a committee of the whole house for today. This means all MPs will be able to debate and vote on the measure.
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