Reform of the law to introduce 'no fault' divorce appears to be back on the parliamentary agenda for the third time. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill would allow couples to divorce without having to either allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour or wait two years from their separation, as they do at present. 

The bill has had its progress halted twice in recent months, first by the government's unlawful prorogation of parliament and then by the dissolution of parliament for last week's general election. Although the bill did not actually feature in yesterday's queen speech, it was referred to in the government's documentation supporting it. It therefore looks set to be brought before the House of Commons again during this parliament, although it is not clear how soon. Family lawyers will be watching and waiting...