Monday 26 November marks the start of Good Divorce Week, the annual awareness campaign arranged by Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.
Although the overall message focusses on the importance of an amicable divorce, and the changes in the law that are needed in order to support this, the theme changes every year.
For 2018, Resolution has considered how separating or divorcing parents can limit the impact of conflict on their children. Resolution seeks to raise awareness of this issue, which sadly can often be overlooked.
At the heart of the campaign lies Resolution’s determination to achieve reform in the way that divorces are granted in the UK, the current system placing a heavy emphasis on blame.
Langleys Family Law Partner Mark Day comments, ‘we’re stuck in the dark ages when it comes to divorce law in this county. Currently, to achieve a divorce after 2 years of separation, blame must be apportioned to one party to provide a reason for breakdown of the marriage, or else the separating couple must wait 5 years before divorce can be granted. It’s a ludicrous situation which leads to conflict and resentment.’
Resolution’s Good Divorce Campaign aims to raise awareness about the many ways that an amicable and even positive separation can be achieved through alternative methods such as Family Mediation and Collaborative Family Law methods which Langleys fully support.
Discussing Collaborative Family Law, Partner William Kaye comments, “In any divorce, the preferable situation is one which reduces conflict, particularly where children are involved. Collaborative Family Law is a voluntary process which clearly and calmly lays out all options and makes use of supportive resources, on both sides, to achieve the best outcome.”
During Good Divorce Week, Langleys will be fully behind the campaign, hoping to raise awareness alongside Resolution, sharing video content, helpful articles and information to support the campaign’s main themes.
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