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Support the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: Email your MP

Help support the passage of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill by emailing your MP. You can use our template email below - be sure to tailor it to you. You can find the email address of your local MP here.


Dear [MP]

I am writing following the Government’s recent publication of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which would enable no-fault divorce in England and Wales.

As a [family lawyer/mediator/other] who [lives/works] in your constituency, and a member of Resolution, I would be grateful if you could support the Bill, and speak in favour of it, as it progresses through Parliament.

Resolution represent 6,500 family lawyers and other family justice professionals, who help people resolve family issues in a constructive way. However, our work to reduce conflict in divorce is often limited by the current law, which requires many to apportion blame, even if none exists.

Resolution members have been campaigning for no-fault divorce for more than 30 years, and we are therefore delighted to see the Government introducing the Bill, which we firmly support. These proposals have the support of the public, parliamentarians and family law professionals, as well as the judiciary.

You may have already received an email from Jo Edwards, Chair of Resolution’s Family Law Reform Group, which highlighted some key reasons why this Bill is an important and necessary modernisation of family law in England and Wales. I have included these at the end of this email for ease of reference.

Each year over 100,000 couples get divorced in England and Wales. Yet the leading academic study “Finding Fault” found that 43% of those identified by their spouse as being at fault for the marriage breakdown disagreed with the reasons cited in the divorce petition.

This Bill marks the end of the blame game for separating couples, and I hope you will support it as it passes through Parliament.

If you would like any further information about the importance and need for divorce law reform in England and Wales, please contact the Resolution no-fault divorce team at divorcebill@resolution.org.uk. I would also be delighted to meet with you in your constituency to discuss the importance of these and other family law reforms in more detail.

I look forward to hearing of your support for this Bill.

Yours sincerely

[NAME]

[full address including postcode]

 

Who supports this Bill?

·        These proposals have the support of the public. YouGov polling has found:

o   69% of the population supports no-fault divorce, including 69% of Conservative voters, 70% of Labour voters and 69% of Liberal Democrat voters.

o   71% of the population agrees that no-fault divorce is urgently needed to protect the long-term interests of children.

o   79% of the population agree that conflict from divorce or separation can affect negatively children’s mental health, a figure rising to 87% among those whose own parents divorced during childhood. 

o   77% of those surveyed also said that conflict could affect a child’s academic performance and a further two-thirds felt that social interactions and the ability to form healthy romantic relationships were also jeopardised by an acrimonious separation between their parents.

·        These proposals have the support of MPs from all parties. Engagement with MPs and Peers by Resolution and its members has found the vast majority of Parliamentarians agree that current divorce laws are out of date and should be modernised to reduce conflict.

·        These proposals have the support of family lawyers. Over 90% of Resolution members back no-fault divorce:

o   90% say the current law makes it harder to reduce conflict between ex-partners

o   67% say the current law makes it harder for separated parents to reach agreements

o   80% feel the introduction of no-fault divorce would help separating couples reach an agreement out of court.

·        These proposals have the support of senior judges. They include Baroness Hale, the President of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, who said at Resolution’s 2018 conference, “There is no evidence at all that having to give a reason for the breakdown makes people think twice.”