The team of family lawyers at HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors is supporting the ‘Good Divorce Week’ campaign led by Resolution. The campaign aims to provide practical help, highlighting ways for separating parents to put their children’s needs first, as well as calling on government to urgently remove blame from the divorce process.
Resolution is an organisation of over 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales, who believe in a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law. It’s newly commissioned poll by YouGov shows that 79% of the population agreed conflict from divorce or separation can affect negatively children’s mental health. This figure rises to 87% among those who experienced their parents’ divorce as children. 77% said conflict could affect children’s academic performance and a further two-thirds felt social interactions and the ability to form healthy romantic relationships were also jeopardised.
Katharine Scoot, Director and Family lawyer at HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors in Hertfordshire says, “We welcome the Resolution campaign and the government consultation on ‘no fault divorce’. This could take a lot of stress and time out of the divorce process. I’ve worked with many separating couples, and whether it is an amicable separation or not, the need to apportion blame, in some divorces, can bring unnecessary conflict and increased negativity to the process.
Currently, unless a couple have been separated for 2 years with consent or 5 years without, the only way to get a divorce is to attribute blame. Many couples just don’t fit into the current ‘tick box’ categories and want to state irreconcilable differences or that they have grown apart. We look forward to hearing the outcome of the government consultation.”
‘Good Divorce Week’ runs from 26 to 30 November and focuses on how separating or divorcing parents can limit the impact of conflict on their children. For more information about the campaign visit www.resolution.org.uk/GoodDivorceWeek
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