Family Law Manifesto Ahead of General Election

Divorce and separation are a fact of modern life and issues which directly affect hundreds of thousands of people in England and Wales every year – today sees the launch of an important pre-election document designed to influence political decision making ahead of May’s General Election.

Resolution, who campaign for improvements to the family justice system, have published a Manifesto for Family Law, which sets out what it feels the next government should do in order to improve the lives of separating and separated families, for marriages, civil partnerships and unmarried couples. Resolution believes that the current laws around divorce and separation are often barriers to finding constructive outcomes in separation.

The Manifesto identifies six key areas where changes are needed to our family justice system:

  1. Protect vulnerable people going through separation
  2. Introduce measures to help separating people reach agreements 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

Resolution’s aim is to achieve a family justice system that provides support through relationship breakdown; puts children first; helping separating / separated parents to work together in the child’s best interests; provides fair and lasting outcomes on relationship breakdown and protects all those at risk of harm and sufferers of domestic abuse.

If you would like to speak about this issue or any family related situation, please contact Lisa Broddle or Mikayla Lettin at Stone Rowe Brewer, who will be able to answer any questions you may have. Please call 020 8891 6141 or e-mail the Family Team,