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
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