More than 150 members of family law organisation Resolution will gather in Parliament today to lobby MPs for the introduction of no fault divorce.
Solicitors and other legal professionals will meet parliamentarians and peers to discuss reform of current divorce laws in England and Wales which still require the legal attribution of blame for the breakdown of a relationship. The government considered the removal of blame in the late 1990s only to shelve plans for change – and the issue has been a source of controversy ever since. Resolution now actively campaigns for legal reform, arguing that the requirement for blame encourages hostility during the already difficult divorce process. Many couples, they claim unaware of these legal strictures when their marriages fail.
Resolution’s call has attracted support from senior members of the judiciary and last month, the House of Commons published a briefing paper exploring the arguments for and against a no fault divorce system. Meanwhile, in a recent survey of family lawyers conducted by Resolution, more than 90 per cent expressed support for change.
Resolution Chair Nigel Shepherd insists:
“It is clear that current divorce law is not fit for today’s modern society. Divorce is already difficult enough, we don’t need it being made harder by the law pushing couples into conflicts and arguments.”
Today’s event forms part of Good Divorce Week, an annual event staged by Resolution to raise awareness of alternatives approaches to family disputes.