Resolution, the membership organisation of family lawyers based in England and Wales, including lawyers from Woodfines Solicitors’ Family Law team, have this week launched their Good Divorce Week, which aims to raise awareness for its campaigns for no fault divorce and improving rights for cohabitating couples.
No Fault Divorce
At present, divorce law in the UK forces couples to blame each other unless they can wait two years to get their divorce. This can make life difficult for those who need to arrange their finances, or just to move on with their lives. Resolution is pushing for this to be changed, in order to allow no fault divorces to pass within the first two years of separation where required.
Rights for Cohabitating Couples
47% of 18-34 year olds think that cohabiting couples who live together have the same rights as married couples, which is not the case. In reality, they have none of the same rights as married couples, and often find themselves with little or no legal support when separating.
The second of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week campaigns is to encourage a legal framework of rights and responsibilities when unmarried couples who live together split up to be developed, to provide some legal protection and secure fair outcomes at the time of a couple’s separation or on the death of one partner.
Woodfines’ Clare Pilsworth will join fellow Resolution members at Westminster today (Wednesday 30th November) to meet with MP’s and lobby for support of the above campaigns.
Clare said: “In today’s society, placing no fault into divorce could benefit many children and lead to more harmonious divorces for their parents, avoiding conflict and arguments. Likewise, both children and adults will be more protected by a legal framework giving better rights to non-married couples – meaning that one parent cannot walk away without responsibility in the event of a split. By supporting these campaigns, we aim to make divorce and separation clearer and less confrontational for all parties involved.”
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