Recent changes in family law
Since the current government was formed in 2010, a number of changes have been proposed, and introduced, relating to family law matters.
Family Justice Review
The Family Justice Review panel was appointed to review the whole of the family justice system in England and Wales, looking at all aspects of the system from court decisions on taking children into care, to disputes over contact with children when parents divorce. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education, and the Welsh Government.
The panel's final report was published on 3 November 2011. This took into account the views expressed during the consultation on the interim report and the call for evidence. It made a number of recommendations to improve public and private law and looked at how the agencies within the family justice system could work together more effectively to improve the experience for children and families.
From the start Resolution has engaged with the Family Justice Review Panel. We are now seeking to influence government, as they take forward their response to the Review, to ensure that new processes and legislative changes are workable, and that the outcomes will impact favourably on separating couples and their children.
For further information, see the Ministry of Justice page.
Resolution's responses to the Family Justice Review:
- Resolution's response to the interim report of the Family Justice Review, June 2011
- Resolution's response to the Family Justice Review's call for evidence, September 2010
Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO)
In 2011 the coalition government introduced the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO), which became an Act of Parliament on 1 May 2012.
Resolution and other leading organisations and charities opposed the Bill, believing it to be a rushed and flawed piece of legislation. We urged MPs and Peers make amendments to avoid huge unfairness to families. You can read more about Resolution's campaign around the Bill, and the concessions we helped secure, on our legal aid campaign page.