Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill: Lords third reading

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20 December 2018

The Divorce (Financial Provisions) Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 19 December.

This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

This bill aims to amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 in connection with financial settlements following divorce.

No changes were made at third reading.

Following completion of third reading, the bill now goes to the House of Commons for its consideration.

Lords committee stage: Friday 23 November

As no changes were suggested to the bill, a motion was agreed to that both committee and report stages be dispensed with and that the bill progress directly to third reading. This procedure is known as ‘order of commitment discharged’.

Lords second reading: Friday 11 May

The Divorce (Financial Provisions) Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on 11 May 2018.

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