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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: Second reading in Parliament

Last week the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill had its second reading in parliament, with many MPs highlighting Resolution’s support for the Bill.

Donna Rose, Solicitor and Family Mediator says; “As a long-standing member of Resolution, I support this reform, which will provide for no-fault divorce, something that myself and fellow Family lawyers have been crying out for for so long.”

We were delighted when the Ministry of Justice announced in April that the government would be reforming the outdated laws that currently force couples to enter the blame game during divorce, and now after its second reading in parliament, the Bill now moves into Committee stage, and Resolution will continue to brief MPs about the benefits of the Bill.

The Bill’s second reading in the House of Commons received national coverage in the BBC and the Telegraph, particularly regarding the potential increase in divorces once the reform comes into place. David Gauke, the Justice Secretary said that the increase in divorce would be an initial spike due to people currently waiting for the new legislation and would level off again.

He said: “There will be, for example, people who are currently  waiting for two or five years for a divorce and that divorce will be brought forward.

“So, the likelihood is there will be an increase because of, if you like, that waiting list. But the international evidence suggests that once that initial spike has been dealt with – in a steady state – the divorce rate is unlikely to increase and it is likely to remain much the same.”

Posted in: divorce, family law

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