A second reading of the No Fault Divorce Bill introduced by Tory MP Richard Bacon has been postponed until the next session of Parliament.
The proposed legislation would amend existing marriage and partnership law, making changes to both the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. It would introduce an option to divorce solely through the written consent of both parties, with no other reason needed or and no requirement to attribute fault.
A number of other countries, including Australia, Spain, Sweden and Canada, already offer the option of divorcing with no blame attached. Baroness Hale of the Supreme Court has expressed support for the idea of introducing such a system in the UK.
Mr Bacon’s bill received its first reading in October and had been scheduled for a later-than-expected second reading this month but it was pushed out by pressure from other pending legislation. No alternative timeslots were available, so the second reading will now be held during the next parliamentary session, which begins on 18 May.
The text of the proposed legislation is available to read here.
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