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(1)In the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (c. 18), insert—
(1)This section applies if a decree of divorce has been granted but not made absolute and the parties to the marriage concerned—
(a)were married in accordance with—
(i)the usages of the Jews, or
(ii)any other prescribed religious usages; and
(b)must co-operate if the marriage is to be dissolved in accordance with those usages.
(2)On the application of either party, the court may order that a decree of divorce is not to be made absolute until a declaration made by both parties that they have taken such steps as are required to dissolve the marriage in accordance with those usages is produced to the court.
(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.
(4)A declaration of a kind mentioned in subsection (2)—
(a)must be in a specified form;
(b)must, in specified cases, be accompanied by such documents as may be specified; and
(c)must, in specified cases, satisfy such other requirements as may be specified.
(5)The validity of a decree of divorce made by reference to such a declaration is not to be affected by any inaccuracy in that declaration.
(6)“Prescribed” means prescribed in an order made by the Lord Chancellor and such an order—
(a)must be made by statutory instrument;
(b)shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
(7)“Specified” means specified in rules of court.”
(2)Subsections (3) and (4) of section 9 of the Family Law Act 1996 (c. 27) (arrangements on divorce: religious marriages) are repealed.
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