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Proposed legislation removing fault from the divorce process could be days from receiving Royal assent as it goes through the remaining stages of its parliamentary journey today.

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.

The bill will replace the requirement to evidence conduct or separation 'fact' with the provision of a statement of irretrievable breakdown. The possibility of contesting the decision to divorce will be removed. The court will be able to make a conditional order after a minimum of 20 weeks has passed from the start of proceedings.

Family lawyers, who have long campaigned for no-fault divorce, have widely welcomed the bill.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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