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Resolution welcomes government commitment on no fault divorce

08 Feb 2019

The justice secretary, David Gauke, has today committed the government to reforming divorce law through legislation in the next Parliamentary session, which starts in May.

Speaking in response to the remarks, Nigel Shepherd, former Chair of Resolution, the family law organisation, said:

“From the Secretary of State’s remarks today, it is clear that the responses to the consultation have demonstrated overwhelming support for this important reform, and we’re pleased the government are so firmly behind it.

“Our members, and the families they work with, will be delighted that, after years of campaigning, we are now so close to ending the ‘blame game’ that many divorcing couples are currently forced to play.

“There is clearly much detail still to agree, and we’ll be providing Ministers and officials with all the support we can to help this new legislation come forward, and be enacted, as soon as possible.”

ENDS

Notes

1. Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family justice professionals in England and Wales, who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. More info: www.resolution.org.uk

2. Resolution has been campaigning for divorce law reform for over 25 years:

Divorce law reform urgently needed to reduce impact on children

End the Blame Game, say family lawyers as landmark divorce case heads to Supreme Court

150 Resolution members gather in Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

3. Nigel Shepherd was speaking in response to media reports that the Secretary of State planned to legislate for no fault divorce “at the earliest opportunity:”

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/08/no-fault-divorce-to-become-the-law

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/divorce-laws-rewritten-after-times-campaign-2slf5plzk