The recommendations in the Vision are based on views and experiences of over a thousand Resolution members through surveys, focus groups, and discussions within our specialist and regional committees. This engagement has ensured that Resolution’s campaigning and lobbying work acts as the leading, authoritative voice of the family justice sector.
The vast majority of our members identified cohabitation as the next priority area for reform. The other main priority was funding for early legal information and advice. These key issues will form the crux of Resolution’s campaigning activities over the coming months and years, with the rest of the Vision forming the building blocks for ongoing and future policy development.
The family justice system in England and Wales is at a crucial turning point, and demand on family courts has never been higher. Across the country, practitioners are supporting families dealing with issues like divorce and separation, arrangements for children, and financial disputes; as well as supporting vulnerable children and adults at risk of harm and families involved in child protection matters.
Yet these practitioners are currently hampered by a combination of factors. Family courts are massively overstretched, causing significant delays, whilst many people struggle to access the justice system and are denied early legal advice and information.
Resolution’s full Vision for Family Justice calls for a whole raft of other changes to policy, legislation and processes in order to improve the lives of children and families in England and Wales. These include reform of surrogacy laws; better protection of victims of domestic abuse in the family court; changes to child arrangement proceedings; and consideration of reform of the law relating to financial remedies on divorce.