Good Divorce Week 28 November – 2nd December
Resolution is lobbying to raise awareness for two key areas which were highlighted in their Manifesto which was launched in February 2015:
1. To allow people to divorce without blame
2. To allow basic legal rights for couples who live together if they separate
The ‘Good Divorce Week’ campaign runs from 28th November to 2nd December and the organisation will have 150 members lobbying in Parliament on 30th November to try to initiate changes to the justice system in a bid to make it better for modern society.
To allow people to divorce without blame
As the law currently stands, you will need to have been separated for more than 2 years or apportion blame such as adultery or unreasonable behaviour before you can divorce. This makes it difficult to reach a satisfactory agreement for both parties and often results in conflict. Resolution are proposed a new divorce procedure whereby one or both parties can give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and after 6 months the divorce can then proceed.
To allow basic legal rights for couples who live together if they separate
According to a survey in 2013 by OnePlusOne, it was found that 47% of UK citizens aged 18-34 think cohabiting couples have the same legal rights as their married counterparts, while 58% of people across all age groups do not know that common law marriage is not a recognised legal status.
There are legal differences between married and co-habiting couples and when the relationship breaks down, one partner can just walk away with taking any responsibility for the children or finances. Resolution are campaigning for a legal framework of rights and responsibilities when unmarried couples who live together split up to provide a fair outcome for all concerned.
Watson Thomas Solicitors is a member of Resolution and are in support of the work they are doing to improve the legalities of divorce so more vulnerable partners have more protection. If you would like more information on how we can help, either through Mediation or Collaborative Law, please contact Rachel Watson on 01252 622422