Govt publishes quickie divorce Bill

Jun 18, 2019 by

from Coalition for Marriage:

The Government’s ‘no-fault’ divorce Bill makes getting out of your marriage easier than ending a mobile phone contract.

It’s a shocking read for anyone who cares about marriage.

  • In 2017, 42,000 divorces were on the basis of at least two years’ separation before proceedings could start. Under the Bill, separation is scrapped. Divorce will be automatic after six months.
  • 58,000 divorces in 2017 were on the basis of a fault such as adultery. These fault grounds will be scrapped.
  • A victim of adultery or domestic violence will not be able to cite their spouse’s conduct as the reason for the divorce.
  • Under the Bill divorce proceedings can be pushed through in as little as six months. The Government will have power to make them even quicker. Its pilot scheme cut the time to 12 weeks.
  • The legislation abolishes all differences in divorce between traditional marriage and a same-sex marriage.

We are studying the Bill carefully and we’ll be in touch with specific ways to respond.

In the meantime, it’s important to speak out. Please raise some of the points below in conversation and on social media. Perhaps write a letter to a newspaper, or participate in a radio phone-in or other public forum where the issue is discussed.

Here are some talking points:

Read here


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