Last week, Tees’ Family Law team invited Julie Marson, MP for Hertford and Stortford into the Tees Law offices to discuss the reform needed to support families using the family justice system. This was organised ahead of Resolution Awareness Week, which started this week.
On Monday 27 November, Resolution, the organisation of family lawyers committed to promoting a constructive approach to family issues, launched its Vision for Family Justice - a blueprint for the future family justice system - at a special parliamentary event.
As members of Resolution, Tees Family Law team were keen to give their local MP their perspectives on and experiences of supporting families going through divorce and family breakdown, and to highlight the work to make divorce less confrontational and the plans to shape the future of family justice creating a fair system that works for Tees’ clients.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Resolution, which was established by family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children. Nowadays, Resolution’s members, including all of Tees’ Family Law team across six offices, encourage clients to consider non-court dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration, and now offer one lawyer, one couple legal advice.
Sally Powell, Partner of the Family Law team, said:
“We were really pleased that Julie Marson MP was able to spend some time with us on Friday to talk through some of the pressing family law issues, such as the rights of cohabitants and the difficulties users are facing in the family justice system. We talked about the unfair outcomes for cohabitants in relationship breakdown, often when children are involved, and also discussed the extreme delays that Julie’s constituents are facing, particularly through Chelmsford Family Court.
Julie noted our concerns and agreed to come back to us about her Party’s policy in relation to the rights of cohabitants and she agreed to meet with the Courts Minister, Mike Freer MP, to discuss the damaging delays that current court users, particularly of the Chelmsford Family Court, are having to endure.”
It’s so important that policymakers fully understand what’s needed so that we can shape the future of family justice to benefit families, giving access to early legal advice and avoiding delays and protracted court proceedings.
This was a great way for Tees to start the conversation with Julie Marson MP, and to give her insight into our work and the experiences of our clients. We hope this will encourage the changes needed to create a fairer family justice system for all.