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Resolution, a family law association with over 6,500 members has carried out some research to establish people's views on relationship breakdowns.

As a very active member of Resolution, a family law association that I am an accredited member of, I was interested to read some research they have undertaken.

Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 members who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. We all subscribe to a Code of Practice that promotes dealing with family matters in a non-confrontational way. Our experience certainly is that if we deal with matters in this way, in fact it gets a better outcome for our clients, particularly where there are children in the relationship. It was refreshing to read that of the 2,000 people polled, many of those also felt that this was the best way to deal with matters. For example:

• 81% of those polled agreed with the statement “children are usually the main casualties in divorces”.

• Only 1% of those polled believed that “ensuring I am financially better off than my partner” was the most important consideration. Does this mean 99% believe it is not the most important consideration?

Sadly, many people have the perception that just by involving solicitors means that there will be Court proceedings, hostility, etc. and it does not have to be this way. A sad statistic is that 86% of those polled stated that they knew someone close to them who had been divorced, with the statistic rising to 92% of people aged 45 and over knowing someone who has been divorced. Sadly, divorce does affect many of us and I certainly believe that working together to find the best possible solution means that at least we can help reduce the conflict and pain on a separation.

Resolution is on a mission to point out to separating couples that there are alternatives to Court. Resolution has launched a new guide called “separating together” which explains some of the alternatives. The new guide is available online at www.resolution.org.uk/separatingtogether.

Justine Osmotherley is an accredited member of Resolution, and Membership Development Officer for the West and North Yorkshire Resolution region. If you want anymore information, please contact on justine.osmotherley@clarionsolicitors.com or 0113 336 3323.
 

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