07/14/2011 02:52 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2011

Malta Divorce Bill: Progress Made In Divorce Debate

The Parliamentary Committee for the Consideration of Bill has started its detailed scrutiny of the Bill introducing divorce, with fast progress being made in a meeting lasting several hours yesterday.

Agreement was reached on the clause that defines the way spouses apply for divorce. It was agreed that each of the spouses has the right to file for divorce. Where the spouses agree, they can file a joint application with the competent Civil Court.

Discussion focused mainly on Clause 66 of the Civil Code which establishes the four-year separation (in the previous five years) as a condition for an application for divorce.

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