Couples seeking a no-fault divorce will have to wait until autumn 2021 although the proposed legislation removing fault from the divorce process has reached the final part of its parliamentary journey.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill concluded its passage through the House of Commons. It will return to the House of Lords to consider an amendment before receiving Royal assent.
Lord chancellor Robert Buckland told MPs that the bill’s reforms will not come into force on Royal assent ‘because time needs to be allowed for careful implementation’.
Buckland said, “At this early stage, we are working towards an indicative timetable of implementation in autumn 2021.”