Brexit must not be allowed to sideline the introduction of a no fault divorce system, Resolution has insisted.
The family law organisation has been a vocal campaigner for divorce law reform for a number of years. At a national conference in Birmingham this week, chair Nigel Shepherd highlighed the much discused Owens v Owens case, in which the Court of Appeal backed an earlier judge’s refusal of the wife’s divorce petition.
Mr Shepherd said:
“And this highlights exactly why the law needs to change – it’s simply wrong in this day and age that someone should be forced to stay in a loveless marriage because the behaviour on the divorce petition wasn’t deemed ‘unreasonable’ enough.”
Hundreds more people are continually caught up in the system while the government delays the chair continued.
“That’s 600 people, every day, running the gauntlet of a system that actively encourages conflict and blame. Many of them, since LASPO, are forced to do so with minimal or often no support from professionals.”
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) removed legal aid from most family law disputes in 2013.
Resolution members were working to ensure that the government’s preoccupation with the Brexit negotiatons did not mean that no fault divorce and related family issues were forgotten. Representatives regularly issue political briefings, he explained and committee chair Daniel Eames recently gave well-received evidence to the parliamentary Justice Select Committee on the issue.
No fault divorce enjoyed “overwhelming” public support insisted Mr Shepherd.
Read the full speech here.
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