Divorce

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on divorce. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
18.09.2015Confidentiality and openness in the family courts: current rules and history of their reform
This briefing paper considers transparency in the family courts, including communication of information and media attendance, and background on recent changes in this area.
30.06.2015Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship
This note deals with the law in England and Wales and relates to the division of a couple's property and income when their marriage or civil partnership breaks down.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics: Vital Statistics (Population, Demography and Health)
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on Vital Statistics (population, demography and health).
27.10.2014Child arrangements orders: residence and contact related matters for parents, grandparents and others after separation
Child arrangements orders were introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 on 22 April 2014 to replace the previous framework of contact and residence orders. Child arrangement orders are court orders regulating the living and contact arrangements in relation to a child following parental separation.
02.06.2014Children: Enforcement of child arrangements orders relating to contact
This note outlines the powers of enforcement available to the courts when a parent does not comply with a child arrangements order regulating contact.
31.05.2013Children and Families Bill Committee Stage Report
The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper complements Research Paper 13/11 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
15.02.2013Children and Families Bill
The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading of the Bill.
12.02.2013Divorce: Repeal of Family Law Act 1996 Part II
Part 2 of the Family Law Act 1996, most of which has never been brought into force, would have introduced 'no fault divorces' and required the parties to a divorce to attend 'information meetings' with a view to encouraging reconciliation where possible. A series of information meeting pilot schemes was launched in June 1997 following which Lord Irvine of Lairg, who was then Lord Chancellor, announced, in January 2001, that the Government would invite Parliament to repeal Part 2 once a suitable legislative opportunity occurred. He confirmed that this decision would not affect section 22, in Part 2, relating to the funding of marriage support services, which had been brought into force and would remain so.
06.02.2012Pension sharing on divorce
This note looks at the introduction of provisions allowing pension sharing on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership and at some recent changes to the rules.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
28.06.2013Children and Families Bill (HL Bill 32 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Children and Families Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 2 July 2013. The Bill covers several areas, including: adoption and children in care; the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England; rights to leave and pay for parents; the right to request flexible working; and early years education and child care.

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses