Family Law (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill to amend the law in relation to marriage, divorce and the jurisdiction of the courts in certain consistorial actions; to amend the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981; to amend the law relating to the domicile of persons who are under 16 years of age; to make further provision as respects responsibilities and rights in relation to children; to make provision conferring rights in relation to property, succession and claims in damages for persons living, or having lived, together as if husband and wife; to amend Part 3 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004; to make provision in relation to certain rules of private international law relating to family law; to make incompetent actions for declarator of freedom and putting to silence; and for connected purposes.

Current Status of the Bill

Royal Assent on 20 January 2006

Stage 1


Subordinate Legislation Committee on 15 March 2005

Justice 1 Committee on 16 March 2005; 20 April 2005; 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2005; 1, 8, 15, 22, 27(in private), 29(in private), 30 June 2005(in private); 14 September 2005

Finance Committee on 10, 24 May 2005

Stage 1 Report (Justice 1 Committee) published on 7 July 2005

Parliament: 15 September 2005

Stage 2


Justice 1 Committee on 5 October 2005; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2005

After Stage 2:

Subordinate Legislation Committee on 13 December 2005

Report on the Bill as amended at Stage 2 (Subordinate Legislation Committee) published on 15 December 2005

Stage 3


Passage of the Bill:

Received Royal Assent on 20 January 2006

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