Will we ever see the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill?

For what seems like a lifetime we have been transfixed by the endless Brexit debates dominating TV and the media. However, one casualty, amongst others is the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.
This bill was cut off in its prime by the proroguing of parliament in September, the proroguing that was later declared null and void. This was after the bill, which is broadly welcomed by all parties, had made good progress through parliament.

The bill, which seeks to eliminate the requirement for couples to apportion blame in the event of a marriage breakdown, has now been reintroduced in the recent Queen’s speech. So, surely now it will sail through and change the landscape of Family Law? If only things were that easy as once more we arrive at the dreaded word Brexit. It is widely forecast that, whatever happens in the next week or two of Parliamentary debate and intrigue, there will be a general election in the near future. If this is the case the contents of the Queen’s speech will be consigned to the history books pending the formation of a new government.

So, will we ever see the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill? My instinct says we will in some form very similar to that currently proposed; it does enjoy widespread political support and therefore should re-emerge whatever the next month or two brings. You can be sure that irrespective of Brexit and elections, the SRB Family Law team will be on top of it and, as always, seeking the best outcome for the individuals and families we represent.

Lisa Broddle-Partner