Divorce reform consultation

Have your say on plans for no fault divorce
As you will be aware, the Government has recently launched a consultation on its proposals to reform divorce law. This email lays out the process Resolution has gone through in order to respond on behalf of our members, as well as providing suggested responses to support your own responses to the consultation.
Resolution’s Family Law Reform Group, which I chair, has been working closely with Rachel Rogers, our Head of Policy on the detail of our response to this consultation, which we have now signed off.

We have had input from members of our National Committee and our Regional Liaison Committee, and I’d like to thank all members who responded to our survey on no fault divorce in the run up to Owens v Owens being heard at the Supreme Court. Your contributions have been invaluable in helping us make the case to government.
I’m also grateful to Nigel Shepherd, our past Chair and longstanding campaigner for no fault divorce, who has provided invaluable input and continued to work on this issue since standing down as Chair. We’ve also worked closely with Professor Liz Trinder and the Family Law Bar Association to discuss and co-ordinate our individual responses. We will share our full response with members after it has been submitted.
I’m conscious that some members may be preparing, or may have already submitted, their own individual responses to the consultation paper. If you haven’t yet done so, you have until the close of play on 10th December 2018 to respond and we would very much encourage you to do so.
To help you, I have attached our position on the key questions in the consultation paper. There is no requirement to include additional text in your response, supporting your answers; however, if you are minded to do so, these comments will all be read and considered by officials at the Ministry of Justice.
It would be particularly helpful if you can include references to or examples of where the current law has hampered your attempts to help clients reduce conflict or acrimony, or indeed where it has actively exacerbated the situation. These would be best placed in response to Question 2, but if you have examples that are more appropriate to place elsewhere, please do so.
Find the consultation paper, and response form here.

Here are our suggested responses.
As a Resolution member, you have played a significant role in our longstanding campaign to introduce no fault divorce. Thank you for your continued support – with your help, we will end the blame game.

Many thanks

Jo Edwards
Chair, Family Law Reform Group