Good Divorce Week and the benefits of a child-focused divorce
29 November 2021
This week is Good Divorce Week; an awareness-raising week that aims to reduce conflict in divorce. This year, Good Divorce Week is all about how divorcing parents can support their children through separation.
Good Divorce Week is an initiative by Resolution, an organisation of thousands of Family Lawyers and professionals across England and Wales.
From deciding where the children will live to their education arrangements and welfare needs, there are any number of decisions for parents to agree on when getting divorced. This can be overwhelming for children and parents alike, which is why Resolution has put together a comprehensive guide to parenting through separation.
The consequences of conflict in divorce
Conflict during a divorce can have long-term effects on both parents and children. An amicable separation can become soured by conflict, potentially inflicting wounds that may never fully heal. This can impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the entire family.
Resolution believe that by learning to work together, separated parents can more effectively support their children while also benefitting from better outcomes themselves. It’s hoped that the introduction of child-focussed solutions could lead to a constructive way forward for everyone.
Could no fault divorce help to reduce parental conflict?
In April 2022, the divorce process in England and Wales is being updated to remove any need for divorcing couples to blame one another. The reforms were confirmed by the Government in 2019, following several years of campaigning by high profile figures. For more information about the changes, see no fault divorce - UK divorce law changes explained.
Under current divorce laws, unless a couple is divorcing on the grounds of separation, one person must blame the actions of the other for the breakdown of the marriage.
This is where many campaigners, including Resolution, argued that unnecessary conflict arises, meaning that an amicable split can quickly turn sour. This can make it challenging for separating parents to focus on effective coparenting.
Consequentially, the plans for no fault divorce have been warmly welcomed by many, including The Law Society, who commented, “No-fault divorce will reduce conflict, allowing couples to focus on important issues like children, property and finances.”
If you are going through a divorce and there are children involved, our family law solicitors can support you through the process. We can help you to negotiate child contact arrangements, provide legal advice about parental responsibility and help you to resolve financial matters.
For more information, see children in divorce or separation.