Baroness Butler-Sloss Private Member’s Bill

Baroness Butler-Sloss has introduced the Divorce (etc.) Law Review Bill in the House of Lords. The Bill places a duty on the Lord Chancellor to review the law on the ground for divorce and civil partnership dissolution in England & Wales and to report to parliament. The review must include consideration of a replacement scheme set out in a Schedule. That scheme would replace the much-criticised five facts (adultery, behaviour, desertion, two year’s separation with consent, five year’s separation) with a fair and transparent notification scheme.

The Bill was drafted by a retired parliamentary drafter with support from the Nuffield Foundation as an extension of the Finding Fault research.

The Bill and Explanatory Notes are available on the Bill’s parliamentary homepage.