Jolene Hutchison discusses the importance of lobbying
Parliament for changes to family law to make it fit for purpose in
the modern world.
On Wednesday 30th November, I shall be in the House
of Commons at a Resolution Lobby Day. Resolution, the association
for Family Law solicitors who promote a constructive and
non-confrontational approach to Family Law, have campaigned
extensively for important changes to Family Law to make it modern,
collaborative and relevant to modern families.
I have arranged to meet Steven Baker, the Member of Parliament
for Wycombe, to discuss matters such as the importance of No Fault
Divorce, rights for individuals in cohabiting relationships, the
importance of ensuring that the legal system is both sufficiently
modern and well equipped to help Family Court Users, and that all
those who need to engage with the Family Court have fair access to
the representation they deserve.
Matters such as this are important to the clients of Blaser
Mills, and more broadly, separated families across the country, as
the current system does not enable them to easily achieve
non-confrontational and positive responses without incurring very
high levels of costs over a considerable period of time.
Along with my fellow members of Resolution, I am looking forward
to the opportunity to discuss these issues with the many MPs who
have confirmed their attendance, and to the meaningful progress
which Resolution hopes to make in stressing which reforms are
needed, and how urgently.
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