Local letter/email to candidates

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Dear [Candidate]

Will you support steps to help separated families if you are elected on 8 June?

I am a family lawyer that [lives/works] in [constituency]. I am a member of Resolution, an organisation that represents around 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes and issues.

Resolution is calling for changes to the law in four key areas:

  1. Allow couples to divorce without blame
  2. Provide cohabiting couples with some basic legal rights if they separate
  3. Ensure fair access to the family justice system
  4. Give people more financial clarity on divorce

More detail on these issues is provided below. In short, these changes to the law will help hundreds of thousands of people who divorce or separate each year to do so with as little conflict as possible, and to put the needs of any children first. I hope you will support our call for change if elected as our Member of Parliament, and would be interested in your views on these issues.

1. Allowing couples to divorce without blame: People often have to cite unreasonable behaviour or adultery on the divorce petition. This leads to unnecessary conflict, makes an amicable separation less likely, and reduces the chances of reaching agreement on children and financial issues. No Fault Divorce is supported by 69% of the public (Yougov, Feb 2017).

2. Giving cohabiting couples, who make up 10% of the population, some basic legal rights: It is currently possible to live with someone for decades and even to have children together and then simply walk away without taking any responsibility for a former partner when the relationship breaks down. Some level of legal protection should be provided for cohabitants. This should not be equal to marriage, but something to help those who are under the impression that they have a “common-law spouse,” and only find out there is no such thing once it is too late.

3. Ensuring there is fair access to the family justice system: The legal aid reforms created by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) have had a severe impact on the ability of vulnerable people to access family justice. Funding should be provided for free initial advice for people of limited means, to help them identify their options on separation and divorce, meaning they are better informed at the start of the process. Victims of domestic abuse should also be able to access legal aid to which they are entitled.

4. Giving people more financial clarity on divorce: People often separate with little or no understanding of the financial consequences of their break up, particularly if they have no legal assistance, making it more difficult for them to reach agreement and placing a greater burden on the court system. The laws surrounding finances and divorce should be simplified to provide greater clarity. In addition, pre-nuptial agreements should be given greater legal status, with suitable safeguards.

I would like to know, should you be elected on 8 June, whether you will commit to taking action on my behalf in Parliament to support steps that will minimise conflict in separation and divorce.

I look forward to hearing from you

 

[First name] [Last name]

[Full address - inc. postcode]

[Email address]