Family law association Resolution has warned that MPs of all political hues should not ignore the urgent need to transform family justice in the UK.
Nigel Shepherd, Resolution’s national chairman, has emphasised the importance of the next government recognising that many key pieces of legislation need to be updated.
Earlier this month he announced a four-point plan which he said would make a massive difference to hundreds of thousands of Britons.
Those issues where the organisation wants to see action are as follows: allowing couples to divorce without blame, giving basic legal rights to cohabitees, ensuring there is fair access to the family justice system and giving people more financial clarity on divorce.
The first two in particular have been a bone of contention for some time, with supporters of reform arguing that successive governments had failed to address long-standing problems.
Expressing hope that the Government might finally be persuaded to make progress during the course of the next Parliament, Mr Shepherd said: “For too long, the family justice system and family law has been out of step with modern society.
“These measures would not only bring make the law fit for purpose in the 21st century, they would also make an immeasurable difference to hundreds of thousands of people who face divorce and separation each year – as well as any children they may have.
“As parliamentary candidates now head out to knock on doors, Resolution encourages anyone working in the family justice sector to ask them to support our call for change. Together we can send a clear message to the next Parliament that it’s time to modernise family law.”
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