New Manifesto For Family Law

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Resolution launches Manifesto for Family Law

Resolution, which represents family justice professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, has called for sweeping changes to the laws surrounding divorce and separation with the launch of a new Manifesto for Family Law.

Resolution chair Jo Edwards said:

“Divorce can be one of the most traumatic life events a family can go through, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it’s dealt with in a way that minimises conflict, encourages amicable solutions where possible, and – most importantly – puts the needs of children first.

“The fact is that, despite the family justice system going through a period of huge transformation in recent years – not least with the devastating cuts to legal aid – the laws governing it are woefully outdated, inadequate and unfair to many people.

“With nearly a quarter of a million people getting divorced each year and around 100,000 children seeing their parents divorce, our laws are in desperate need of change.”

Resolution’s Manifesto makes six key calls for change.

It asks the next government to:

  1. Protect vulnerable people going through separation
  2. Introduce measures to keep divorce out of court
  3. Introduce a Parenting Charter to help parents understand their responsibilities when they separate
  4. Allow people to divorce without blame
  5. Help people understand how their divorce will affect their future finances
  6. Provide at least basic legal rights for couples who live together if they separate


Family Solicitor and Mediator Rebecca Kershaw is a long standing member of Resolution and the whole Family Department at Kenyon Son and Craddock supports their non-confrontational approach to family breakdown.


May 2015


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