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Good Divorce Week: Why we need no fault divorce

24/11/2016

Author: Richard Dilks

Family

Good Divorce Week, an awareness raising campaign by Family Law member organisation Resolution, runs from 28 November to 2 December. Hatch Brenner Solicitor and Divorce specialist Richard Dilks, a member of Resolution and a trained Resolution collaborative lawyer, is a supporter of ‘No Fault Divorce’. The introduction of a no fault divorce system would allow couples who wish to divorce to do so without having to point the finger of blame.

Three categories

Many clients who are seeking a divorce will fall into one of three categories. Firstly, there are those who have found that their relationship has come to a natural end and wish to divorce amicably. Secondly, there are those who have clear grounds for divorce but wish to separate amicably. Thirdly, there are those who have clear grounds for divorce and feel strongly that they should set out in detail how the behaviour of the other party has caused the end of the relationship.

Increased stress and hostility

In all of these scenarios the current divorce system works against the separating couple. Those who wish to divorce amicably are forced to point the finger of blame at the other party, unless they are prepared to wait for two years before starting their divorce. Those who fall into the third category are able to set out in detail why they feel the other party is to blame for the breakdown of the relationship. This can often inflame what is already likely to be a tense and emotionally charged situation. In all of these scenarios the fact that the finger of blame has to be pointed can result in increased stress and hostility and make it harder for arrangements for children or financial matters to be agreed.

A constructive approach

Resolution has launched a revised code of practice emphasising the need for a constructive approach to family issues. Both Richard Dilks and Hatch Brenner Partner and Head of the Family Department Jonathan Brock, also a member of Resolution, will always seek to reduce or manage any conflict and confrontation, put the best interests of children first and act with honesty, integrity and objectivity.

Resolution is holding a Lobby Day in Parliament on Wednesday 30 November and we look forward to continuing to support their manifesto. Find out more here: http://www.resolution.org.uk/gooddivorceweek/

Our Family team would be happy to discuss your circumstances if you feel you need clear and pragmatic legal advice relating to family and matrimonial issues. Please do give us a call on 01603 660 811 or email jonathanbrock@hatchbrener.co.uk

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