Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002

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Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002
Long title An Act to make provision enabling a court to require the dissolution of a religious marriage before granting a civil divorce
Citation 27
Introduced by Andrew Dismore MP
Territorial extent England and Wales
Royal assent 24 July 2002
Commencement 24 February 2003
Other legislation
Relates to Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
Family Law Act 1996
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act amends the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 to allow one party to petition a court to not declare their divorce decree absolute until they have received a similar document from a religion's authority.

The Act was brought before Parliament by Andrew Dismore MP as a Private Members' Bill under the Ten Minute Rule.[1]

The Act applies only to England and Wales.

See also


  1. Stephen Bates (27 July 2002). "Law seeks to ease Jewish divorces". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 

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