Dissolution: removal of requirement to establish facts

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 2nd July 2019.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

Minister, do you wish to make any opening remarks? Does anyone else wish to participate in debate on clause 3? I will take that as a no. Minister, do you wish to say anything in conclusion?

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

I was going to take clauses 3 and 4 together.

Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

You may refer to them both, but we have to take them separately.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The only point I will make to colleagues is that, just as we had judicial separation in clause 2, clause 3—and indeed, clause 4 for that matter—refers to civil partnerships and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. It once again takes all the elements I referred to in clause 1 and translates them on to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 so that that is also up to date from where we are currently.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 3 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 4 and 5 ordered to stand part of the Bill.