Resolution response to calls for divorce law reform

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14 Sep 2009

Reacting to Baroness Deech’s calls for an overhaul of family law reported in The Times today, 5700 strong family lawyers’ association Resolution said:

“Discretion is an important part of the family law system – enabling outcomes to be tailor made for families with the emphasis always on the best interests of children. But we agree that there is a need for the Law Commission to review current legislation in an effort to see if greater clarity and certainty can be delivered whilst the benefits of the discretionary approach are maintained.”

Resolution also renewed its calls for urgent reform of family law to allow ‘no-fault’ divorce as well as the introduction of rights for couples who cohabit.

The current system, it says, increases acrimony and mud slinging and leaves thousands who live together unprotected.

Notes to Editors

? Resolution is a group of over 5700 family lawyers in England and Wales. Established 25 years ago, it promotes a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes. To find out more, visit


For more information please contact:

Teresa Richardson, Resolution Head of Communications: 020 7357 9215/ 07894981020

Leonora Merry, Resolution Communications Officer: 020 7407 0827/ 07971 300 024

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