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Divorce and domestic abuse bills halted as parliament is prorogued

Date:10 SEP 2019
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The proposed legislation covering divorce and domestic abuse were stopped in the early hours of this morning as parliament was closed for five weeks. They may return in the next parliament if they are announced in the Queen’s speech of 14 October.

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David Gauke, the former justice secretary, who introduced the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, today tweeted: ‘Disappointed that the suspension of parliament means that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has been dropped. Divorce reform is long overdue and the bill had overwhelming support amongst the public and in Parliament. I hope Parliament can return to this asap.’