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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: Djanogly calls for Bill to include financial consequences of divorce


9th June 2020

Speaking in the Second Reading debate of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, Jonathan Djanogly calls for the Bill to extend to provisions for the financial consequences of divorce especially since the Law Commission already provides suitable wording.

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con)

One of the most important things for ensuring that families, when they do sadly break up, do so in an ordered way is an ordered financial process. We are one of the few countries in the world that I know about that does not have a process for pre and post-marital contracts. Does my right hon. and learned Friend not agree that this would have been the perfect opportunity to have brought in the wording that the Law Commission has already provided? It is sitting there and could be put into the Bill. Rather than leaving the courts to dictate the issue, this place should be dictating the issue. Will he consider that?

Robert Buckland

I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, who served for a considerable period in the Department I now have the honour of leading. He is right to talk about the financial consequences of breakdown. It is important to note the commitment made by my noble and learned Friend Lord Keen in the other place by way of a letter dated 16 March to Baroness Deech, which has now been placed in the Library of each House, that we will consider how a review of the law governing financial remedies provision on divorce may take place. I give him that undertaking.

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