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Marriage and Family

Controversial Divorce Bill is being rushed through Parliament

2 July 2019

The Government’s controversial Divorce Dissolution and Settlement Bill is being rushed through Parliament, without enough time for adequate scrutiny.

That’s despite the fact the legislation would result in the biggest change to divorce law in England and Wales for 50 years.

The Bill was only published last Friday, with just one full working day between publication and Second Reading, giving MPs and concerned charities practically no time to prepare for the debate. Committee stage, meanwhile, is scheduled to both start and finish next week.

During Second Reading, the Justice Secretary admitted the changes would lead to a spike in divorces.

In this clip, CARE’s Family Policy Officer Jonathan Williams explains what today’s debate involves and why we’re concerned.

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Our Family Policy Officer Jonathan Williams explains why the Government's proposals will undermine marriage

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