Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill — Simplification of the Process for Legally Ending a Marriage or Civil Partnership — 8 Jun 2020 at 21:51
The majority of MPs voted to simplify the process of legally ending a marriage or civil partnership, but to set a minimum time-frame of 26 weeks for the process.
MPs were considering the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.
- Replaced the requirement to provide evidence of conduct or separation facts with a new requirement to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown.
- Removed the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce
- Introduced a minimum overall time-frame of six months (26 weeks) into the divorce process
- Introduced a new option of a joint application
- Updated terminology, for example replacing terms such as "decree nisi", "decree absolute" and "petitioner" with "conditional order", "final order" and "applicant".
The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That the Bill be now read a Second time.
Support for this motion enabled the Bill to continue on its path to becoming law.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the divorce, dissolution and separation Bill, Policy background, Parliament.uk website
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||207 (+2 tell)||12 (+2 tell)||0||61.1%|
|Sir David Amess||Southend West||Con (front bench)||no|
|Peter Bone||Wellingborough||Con (front bench)||tellno|
|Fiona Bruce||Congleton||Con (front bench)||no|
|Christopher Chope||Christchurch||Con (front bench)||tellno|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||no|
|Sally-Ann Hart||Hastings and Rye||Con (front bench)||no|
|John Hayes||South Holland and The Deepings||Con||no|
|Edward Leigh||Gainsborough||Con (front bench)||no|
|Karl McCartney||Lincoln||Con (front bench)||no|
|Robin Millar||Aberconwy||Con (front bench)||no|
|Andrew Rosindell||Romford||Con (front bench)||no|
|Desmond Swayne||New Forest West||Con (front bench)||no|
|Martin Vickers||Cleethorpes||Con (front bench)||no|