Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020


make in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales provision about divorce, dissolution and separation; and for connected purposes

Government Bill

(Ministry of Justice)
What is this Bill?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation was a Government Bill that became an Act of Parliament.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

No. This Bill was introduced on 7 January 2020 and became an Act of Parliament on 25 June 2020.

Whose idea is this Bill?

Government Bills implement the legislative agenda of the Government. This agenda, and the Bills that will implement it, are outlined in the Queen's Speech at the Session's State Opening of Parliament.

How can I find out exactly what this Bill does?

The most straightforward information is contained in the initial Explanatory Notes for the Bill.

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This bill has received Royal Assent and has become an Act of Parliament

Bill Progession through Parliament

Lords Completed
Commons Completed
Royal Assent

Latest Key documents

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

25/06/2020
Royal Assent (Commons)
25/06/2020
Act of Parliament
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (c. 11)
18/06/2020
Consideration of Commons amendments (Lords)
18/06/2020
Bill proceedings: Commons
Committee of the whole House Proceedings as at 17 June 2020
17/06/2020
3rd reading (Commons)
17/06/2020
Committee stage (Commons)
17/06/2020
Amendment Paper
Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 17 June 2020
17/06/2020
Amendment Paper
Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 17 June 2020 - large font accessible version
16/06/2020
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 15 June 2020
16/06/2020
Selection of amendments: Commons
Provisional grouping and selection of Amendments by Chairman of Ways and Means (PDF)
16/06/2020
Selection of amendments: Commons
Provisional grouping and selection of Amendments by Chairman of Ways and Means
15/06/2020
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 12 June 2020
12/06/2020
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 11 June 2020
10/06/2020
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 9 June 2020
08/06/2020
2nd reading (Commons)
08/06/2020
Programme motion
08/06/2020
Money resolution
25/03/2020
1st reading (Commons)
25/03/2020
Bill
Bill 125 2019-21, as bought from the Lords
25/03/2020
Bill
Bill 125 2019-21, as bought from the Lords, large print accessible version
25/03/2020
Explanatory Notes
Bill 125 EN 2019-21
25/03/2020
Explanatory Notes
Bill 125 EN 2019-21, large print accessible version
25/03/2020
Impact Assessments
Impact Assessment from Ministry of Justice (PDF)
25/03/2020
Impact Assessments
Impact Assessment from Ministry of Justice
25/03/2020
Delegated Powers Memoranda
Delegated Powers Memorandum from Ministry of Justice (PDF)
25/03/2020
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Delegated Powers Memorandum from Ministry of Justice
24/03/2020
3rd reading (Lords)
17/03/2020
Report stage (Lords)
17/03/2020
Bill
HL Bill 108 (as amended on Report)
16/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-R-I(Rev) Revised marshalled list for Report
13/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-R-I Marshalled list for Report
12/03/2020
Impact Assessments
Impact Assessment: Reducing Family Conflict – Reform of the Legal Requirements for Divorce
12/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-R(c) Amendments for Report
12/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-R Running list of amendments
10/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-R(b) Amendments for Report
09/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-R(a) Amendments for Report
03/03/2020
Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard) (Lords)
03/03/2020
Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard - continued) (Lords)
02/03/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-I(Rev) Revised marshalled list for Committee
28/02/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2-I Marshalled list for Committee
25/02/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2(e) Amendments for Committee
20/02/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2(d) Amendment for Committee
17/02/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2(c) Amendments for Committee
12/02/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2(b) Amendments for Committee
06/02/2020
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 2(a) Amendment for Committee
05/02/2020
2nd reading (Lords)
22/01/2020
Library Notes
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
08/01/2020
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL]: Delegated Powers Memorandum
07/01/2020
1st reading (Lords)
07/01/2020
Bill
HL Bill 2 (as introduced)
07/01/2020
Explanatory Notes
HL Bill 2 Explanatory Notes