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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill Briefing

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 8 June 2020, having passed the Lords stage with support from across the Chamber. The Bill will allow couples to divorce without having to assign blame.

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Protected: What family lawyers need to know about criminal law: Complainants

Although Corker Binning is a specialist defence firm, we appreciate that family lawyers experience both sides of a criminal investigation in representing both complainants and the subjects of those complaints.

We often receive enquiries via family lawyers from complainants, or potential complainants, seeking advice on the procedure and likely consequences of criminal investigations and proceedings. Whilst it is not usually necessary for complainants to receive formal criminal law advice (although this can be arranged, for example where a client is particularly anxious about the process of providing evidence to the police, or where there is a risk of a counter-allegation), we are always happy to share the benefit of our experience.

Talking to your children about the divorce

Once you and your partner have decided to split up, you need to plan how you will tell your children.

If possible, it is best if both of you can talk to your children together. However, this is only appropriate if you are able to manage your feelings and opinions about the divorce or separation.

It may be that you both have different opinions about why things did not work out or be in different stages of the emotional process. If talking to children together is going to create more tension, have separate discussions.

Do it yourself

Negotiating your own agreement, with or without professional support, can be the cheapest way to a settlement and at first glance can seem the easiest. However, it can be a complex process with many aspects you and your partner will need to consider, and so it is not suitable for everyone.

No-fault divorce

Resolution believes the laws surrounding divorce should be changed, to allow couples to separate without having to apportion blame on a legal document, and without having to wait at least two years before they can divorce.

Find a law professional

Resolution members sign up to our Code of Practice committing to a non-confrontational approach to help you resolve your family issue.

Search to find help in your local area or by profession. If you would like to work with an expert to resolve your issue consider searching for a Resolution Accredited Specialist.