Oldham lawyer wants parliamentary candidates to support reforms on the family justice system
Date published: 02 December 2019
(left to right; Anthony Prince (UKIP); Jim McMahon (Labour); Rhona Royle, (Head of Family Law at Wrigley Claydon Solicitors); Garth Harkness (Liberal Democrats) and Wendy Olsen standing in for Dan Jerrome (The Green Party)
A local family lawyer has called upon prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in Oldham West and Royton to commit to supporting reforms to the family justice system, including the introduction of no-fault divorce.
The call is part of a countrywide campaign by Resolution, the national family justice body, whose members work to help families to resolve their disputes constructively, keeping the best interests of any children at the forefront.
Resolution, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals in England and Wales, is calling on candidates to pledge to support their urgent re-introduction in the new Parliament.
They are also calling for legal protection for unmarried couples, and funding for early legal advice, as part of their ‘Fairness for Families’ manifesto.
It's after vital legislation on divorce reform and protection for victims of domestic abuse fell due to the General Election.
As a member of Resolution, Rhona Royle from Wrigley Claydon Solicitors has been engaging with local candidates to ensure a commitment that Oldham’s future MP will champion these long-overdue reforms.
Mrs Royle said:“It is vital that Oldham’s next MP gets behind these reforms as a matter of urgency in the next Parliament.
"As a member of Resolution I am committed to helping families resolve disputes as constructively as possible, yet the law as it stands hampers me and other members. Society is changing and the law needs to change with it.”
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