This year, the focus of Resolution’s awareness week is on how separating or divorcing parents can limit the impact of conflict on their children. The Office for National Statistics recently found that around half of couples that get divorced have at least one child aged under 16.
Studies have shown that it is not the divorce or separation that affects the children, but the conflict stemming from it. When children get caught in the middle of a sparring couple, this can cause them a great deal of stress and negatively impact their well-being.
At Mooney Everett, our team of family lawyers are committed members of Resolution and take a non-confrontational approach to family law matters, including divorce and separation.
After the prominent case of Owens v Owens which dominated headlines a few months ago, Resolution is campaigning for the laws surrounding divorce to be changed. Reform is needed so that couples can get a divorce without having to assign blame through adultery or unreasonable behaviour or waiting at least two years, which can cause bitterness and resentment during proceedings and have a negative impact on the children.
‘Divorce is difficult enough on families and the legal requirement to assign blame can have detrimental effects on those involved,’ says Helen Morgan, collaborative lawyer in the family law team. ‘Waiving the two-year waiting period will drastically reduce conflict and minimise the negative repercussions of divorce on children.’
At Mooney Everett we fully support the no fault divorce campaign and our solicitors are trained to help try to resolve your divorce or separation in an amicable way. We can help you with:
- applying for a divorce;
- making arrangements for your children;
- making financial settlements; and
- providing information about the collaborative approach to divorce.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published. You should always take legal advice relating to your individual circumstances.