- Free meetings offered to demonstrate benefits of non-confrontational approach
- Initiative comes as poll shows need for early advice for separating families
- Good Divorce Week endorsed by senior Member of Parliament
Resolution members across England and Wales opened their doors – virtual or otherwise – to separating families seeking advice last week, during the organisation’s “Good Divorce Week.”
The initiative was the latest national awareness-raising week organised by the family justice body, whose members gave up their time to offer free initial legal and professional advice to those who needed it.
It came as a new poll by YouGov showed that 63% of those who’d been through divorce thought early professional advice would help those in a similar situation.
As well as attracting coverage in The Times and other national newspapers, the week was endorsed by Sir Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Justice Select Committee, who tweeted: “Great to see @ResFamilyLaw promoting the benefits of early legal advice this #GoodDivorceWeek”
Resolution’s Chair, Juliet Harvey, thanked members for giving up their time and expertise to help:
“We know nearly 2,000 members were offering free 30-minute meetings during the week, with many more offering the service all year round. Even if each member only had one meeting, that adds up to around a thousand hours of free, high-quality professional advice provided to people facing separation.
“It was great to see so many members taking part and promoting the week in their local press and on social media. Backed up by coverage of the week in national newspapers and by a senior Member of Parliament, this initiative really does demonstrate the power of Resolution’s collective voice, and the benefits to individual members.
“Whether it’s through national awareness-raising campaigns like this, or providing marketing materials and listings on our new website, we’re helping our members promote the Code of Practice and show the value of a non-confrontational approach all year round.”