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Resolution good divorce week 2016

28 November 2016 to 2 December 2016

To coincide with Good Divorce Week, Resolution has launched its updated code of practice a full copy of which can be found on the Resolution website.

The code of practice has been updated to reflect the changes in the organisation since its inception when membership predominantly consisted of family lawyers.  The Membership body now includes other professionals such as mediators, counsellors, financial planners and family therapists.

The amended code of practice explains to the public for the first time what choosing a lawyer who is a resolution member actually means for them.

The Family Law team at Clarke Willmott are Resolution Members who fully subscribe to the code of practice which means that if you instruct us you can be assured of the following:-

  1. That we will take a constructive approach to your case and ensure that we consider the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children.
  2. That will properly explain all of the options available to you to give you the confidence to make the right decisions.
  3. That we will help you focus on what is important to you for the long term.
  4. That we will help you to balance the financial and emotional costs against what you wish to achieve.
  5. That we will work with others to find the right approach and best solutions for you.
  6. That we will help you to manage the stress in what can be an already stressful situation.

Today over 150 Resolution members have attended at a Lobby Day in Parliament to meet with their MP.  Amongst the issues to be discussed is that of no fault divorce.  At present, even if both parties consent to the divorce, unless they have been separated for at least two years, to enable them to divorce an element of blame needs to be apportioned to satisfy the Court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  This can understandably lead to upset and conflict which could be avoided if no fault divorce were introduced.

The other significant issue is that of rights for cohabitants.  There were shocking statistics recently published by Resolution which showed that 47% of the public aged between 18 and 34 believe that cohabiting couples have the same rights to make claims against each other as those who are married.  This is a total myth with most cohabiting couples having very little rights to make claims save against jointly owned property or to make provision for children.