Good Divorce Week

November 2016           No: 4

Resolution, (a specialist organisation for family solicitors), is running a campaign to raise awareness between 28th November and 2nd December. This includes a lobby day, when over 150 members of resolution will travel to Westminster to meet with their MP. This year Resolution is campaigning for no fault divorce, and to improve the rights for cohabiting couples.

The problem with current divorce law, is that unless couples wait until they have lived apart for two years, they can only apply for a divorce, by apportioning some form of blame. It is necessary for one party to accuse the other of either adultery or unreasonable behaviour. This often creates conflict, making it more difficult to then agree arrangements for child care and in respect of a financial settlement.

Resolution members support the idea that removing blame from divorce, will not make it more likely that people will separate. It simply makes it easier for people to manage their separation with as little conflict and stress as possible. Removing blame will enable people to separate in a more dignified way.

In respect of people who live together, there are nearly six million people in the UK who currently cohabit but are not married, or in a civil partnership. Cohabitees are the fastest growing family type in the UK. However, in England and Wales, these people have little or no legal protection if they separate.

Many people believe that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples, they do not.

Resolution is calling for changes to current law to address the above issues.

More information is available on the Resolution website.

 

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