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Good divorce week 2018

November 28, 2018

The Family Team at Wallace Robinson & Morgan are members of an organisation called Resolution.  One of Resolution’s roles is to raise public awareness as to the detrimental impact conflict arising from divorce or separation can have on the couples concerned and of course their children. The week commencing 26 November 2018 marks their 7th annual awareness raising week known as Good Divorce Week.

 

The key message this year is the need to minimise the impact of conflict on children.  In many cases it is the conflict stemming from a divorce that has a detrimental impact on a child’s wellbeing rather than the divorce itself.  Studies carried out by Resolution show that of 14-22 year olds questioned, 82%[1] would prefer their parents to part if they are unhappy.  However, more than 60%[2] of that group felt their parents had not ensured they were part of the decision making process in the separation or divorce. More than 1 in 4[3] indicated that their parents had in fact tried to involve them in their dispute.

 

These are just a small selection of statistics which demonstrate that, if faced with divorce, one eye always has to be on the children as, whilst the marriage or relationship may be ending, the responsibility to co-parent is not.

 

Resolution is currently leading the campaign for no fault divorce.  The current law says, unless you have been separated for 2 years with consent, or 5 years without, you have to divorce on the grounds of adultery or behaviour.  In 2016 60% of divorces in England and Wales were granted on these two facts alone.  Often the facts stated within petitions do not accurately reflect the real reason for the separation but they can have serious consequences in terms of setting the tone for related financial or children matters.  The need for a reform has been a campaign Resolution has promoted for a number of years but its profile was boosted by the recent case of Owens which was widely covered in the media.  It has prompted the Government to launch a consultation with a view to modernising the laws currently in place.  It is hoped that the results of this consultation will be available in the New Year.  This means 2019 may herald a move towards divorce without blame.

 

For further information on this or any other family law matter, please contact our solicitors, Kathryn Ferris or Dipika Mistry by emailing family@wallacerobinson.co.uk.

[1] 2015 ComRes Survey

[2] 2015 ComRes Survey

[3] 2014 ComRes Survey

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