General Election 2017

Resolution Members - ask your local candidates to support our calls for change if they’re elected on 8 June.

The famous quote goes “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Resolution has always been that group of thoughtful, committed family law professionals who seek to make the lives of separating couples better. Last November’s Lobby Day in Parliament proved that point.  The impact we had with MPs on no fault divorce and other issues is testament to the commitment of our members to push for improvements to the family justice system.

This is why, ahead of the election on 8 June, I am asking you to write to your local parliamentary candidates to make sure they know about our proposals to make a significant difference to the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people that separate each year.

As National Chair of Resolution, I have written to all the major parties to set out four key policy priorities, that we want to see reflected in their manifestos. These are:

  1. Allow couples to divorce without blame.
  2. Give cohabiting couples, who make up 10% of the population, some basic legal rights.
  3. Ensure there is fair access to the family justice system.
  4. Give people more financial clarity on divorce.

To secure change, we also need MPs to advocate and campaign on these issues in the new Parliament – and a great time to secure their support in the future is when they are seeking your vote now.

This is why I’m asking you to join me in calling for change. Please write to your local candidates and ask them to commit to representing your views in Parliament, and improve the family justice system, should they be elected.

If you are able to contact your candidates:

  1. We have created a template email for you to send to your local candidates (please feel free to edit or personalise this if you would like).
  2. The best website for finding your local candidates and their contact details is Who Can I Vote For (This website is being updated with candidate details all the time, so please check in regularly if not all of your candidates’ details are available).
  3. Please forward any responses you receive to

I hope you are able to join us in building support for modernising family justice during this General Election, and into the next Parliament.

Thank you in advance for being part of our campaign – we couldn’t do it without you.

Nigel Shepherd,

National Chair