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Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill [H.L.]

This is the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill [H.L.], as introduced in the House of Lords on 18th May 2000.

Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill [H.L.]
1.Refusal of decree absolute on grounds of non-dissolution of religious marriage.
2.Short title, commencement and extent.





Make provision enabling a court to require the dissolution of a religious marriage before granting a civil divorce.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Refusal of decree absolute on grounds of non-dissolution of religious marriage.     1. After section 10 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (proceedings after decree nisi: separation) there shall be inserted-
"Proceedings after decree nisi: religious marriage.     10A. - (1) This section applies where the parties to proceedings-
    (a) were married to each other in accordance with usages of a kind mentioned in section 26(1) of the Marriage Act 1949 (marriage under certificate), and
    (b) are required to co-operate if the marriage is to be dissolved in accordance with those usages.
      (2) On the application of either party to the marriage, the court may order that a decree of divorce is not to be made absolute until a declaration is made by both parties that they have taken such steps as are required to dissolve the marriage in accordance with those usages.
      (3) An order under subsection (2)-
    (a) may be made only if the court is satisfied that in all the circumstances of the case it is just and reasonable to do so, and
    (b) may be revoked at any time."
Short title, commencement and extent.     2. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2000.
      (2) This Act shall come into force at the end of a period of two months beginning with the day on which it is passed.
      (3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.

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