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Resolution Calls for Family Law Reform – A Call for Sweeping Changes to Laws on Divorce & Separation

June Reid

On 23rd February 2015, Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, launched its manifesto calling for sweeping changes to the law relating to divorce and separation. The launch of the manifesto is the beginning of a number of initiatives by Resolution calling for a better system of family law.

Resolution calls family law reform wants to see a family justice system that:

  • provides support through relationship breakdown
  • puts children first, helping separating / separated parents to work together in the child’s best interests
  • provides fair and lasting outcomes on relationship breakdown
  • protects all those at risk of harm or suffering domestic abuse.

Resolution has identified six key areas where changes are needed in the family justice system:

  1. The protection of vulnerable people going through separation
  2. The introduction of measures to keep divorce out of court
  3. The introduction of Parenting Charter to help parents understand their responsibilities when they separate
  4. The introduction of divorce without blame
  5. The provision of more financial clarity on divorce
  6. The protection of the rights of couples who live together.

Despite repeated calls for reform, particularly around the issues of divorcing without blame and rights for cohabiting couples, the laws in this area have gone unchanged. In the months following the General Election, Resolution will be taking steps to secure change on these important issues, as it feels that the current laws do not reflect the modern family.

Please Note: W. Davies Solicitors have now closed their Family Department.

No new appointments are being made.

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