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  • 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
    01.11.2016"No-fault divorce"
    This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current basis for divorce and arguments for and against the introduction of "no-fault" divorce.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Vital Statistics (Population, Demography and Health)
    This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on Vital Statistics (population, demography and health).
    29.04.2016Children: Grandparents and others who require leave of the court to apply for access
    This House of Commons library briefing paper explains the processes by which grandparents and others can agree access or residency with a child following, for example, parental separation.
    12.04.2016Financial provision when a relationship ends
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    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