<p>Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (c 18) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom governing divorce law and marriage.
Under section 24(1) when granting a divorce, decree of nullity of marriage or judicial separation the court can order (a) transfer property between the parties or to children for the benefit of a child (b) settle property for the partner and children (c) varying any ante-nuptial or post-nuptial settlement other that a pension (d) extinguish or reduce the interest of the parties to any settlement; subject to restrictions in ss 29(1) and (3). Under section 2(2) the court can make an order under (1)(c) even if there are no children and under subsection (3) orders and decree take effect only when the divorce, etc, is made absolute.</p>