Next week, 28 November – 2 December 2016 is ‘Good Divorce Week’, a national awareness campaign spearheaded by Resolution. But when can a divorce ever be described as ‘good’?
The main thrust behind the week’s events is the Resolution campaign for ‘no fault divorce’. At present, unless couples have been living apart for 2 years, one of the them needs to apportion some form of blame (adultery, unreasonable behaviour…) in order to proceed. With this blame often comes conflict and this makes reaching mutually acceptable agreement much more difficult.
Removing blame from divorce will make it easier for people to manage their separation with as little conflict and stress as possible and reduce the likelihood that they will end up in court.
Resolution proposes a new divorce procedure, where one or both partners can give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The divorce can then proceed and, after a period of six months, if either or both partners still think they are making the right decision, the divorce is finalised.
Not only will this reduce the strain on divorcing couples, this approach will also reduce the burden on the family court and help government to meet their aim for more people to resolve their problems outside of the courts.
As part of Good Divorce Week, Resolution will be holding a Lobby Day in Parliament, where over 150 members will be travelling to Westminster, campaigning for the ‘no fault divorce’ and improving rights for cohabiting couples.
Otten Penna provide regular free advice sessions at our Family Advice Clinics which are held weekly in Wythenshawe (Forum Library, Civic Centre – Thursdays 12-2pm) and Northenden (our offices 10am-4pm), there’s no appointment necessary so feel free to pop in. We can help you whatever family advice you need whether it’s divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, finances on divorce, contact and residence disputes, adoption and special guardianship applications, injunctions, cohabitation disputes/agreements, prenuptial agreements or Change of Name Deeds (adult or children).
Good Divorce Week coincides with the launch of the new Resolution Code of Practice, followed by the Otten Penna team.
Good Divorce Week 2016 runs from 28th November to 2nd December
Vicky Wright, Solicitor
Vicky Wright, Solicitor is a member of Resolution and an accredited specialist in Finance and Children, Vicky undertakes all aspects of family law including financial matters arising from the breakdown of marriages and other relationships, divorce and children issues and domestic violence.