New research briefing for the Commons Committee stage – 17th June

Here is the last in what we hope are a series of briefings for parliamentarians on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. This  briefing summarises the research evidence for each of the amendments put down in relation to the divorce/dissolution process:

  • Doubling the minimum period from six months to one year (Amendment 1)
  • Defining the start of proceedings (Amendments 2 & 4)
  • Bar on financial provision proceedings (Amendments 3 & 5)
  • Funding for marriage support services (NC1 & Amendment 7)
  • Reporting on the impact of law reform (NC2)
  • Retention of fault with one year (with consent) and five years separation (NC3)

The conclusion is that none of the amendments are consistent with the research evidence.

With a little luck, and based on the overwhelming support for the Bill at Second Reading (and in the Lords before that), we might soon have a new divorce law that is fit for the 21st century and that would support families going through a difficult transition, rather than causing unnecessary conflict.


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