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Why Resolution is beneficial for separating families in more ways than one?

All of our lawyers here at Brethertons are encouraged to be members of Resolution.  But what does that mean for our customers?


Resolution is a body of family law professionals who promote dealing with family law in a constructive and non-confrontational way.  All members have applied to join and explain why they wish to be a part of Resolution.  Their Code of Practice is simple and easy to follow and can be found here.

Your lawyer’s approach to your case is key.  Although you may feel as if you wish to fight every step of the way with your spouse, a Resolution lawyer can properly advise you on whether this is appropriate and tell you how this will affect your case.  Have you thought about how this would affect your children or how much this would cost you?  We can help identify what you really want from your case either financially or in respect of the arrangements for your children rather than fuelling any fire from arguments over your separation.

Resolution also provide useful guidance and precedents (standard forms) to help their lawyers be better at their job and provide a standard way of drafting orders and documents.  They offer courses designed to help lawyers develop other skills in negotiating settlements and keeping them up to date with case law.  There are local Resolution groups who provide updates and three members of our team (Melanie Tubbs, Priti Vadgama and Dawn Millar) recently attended pensions training with Resolution in Leicester. 


On a national level, Resolution have been campaigning for no fault divorce.  They say “Divorce is difficult.  The legal requirement to assign blame make it harder for couples to reach an amicable agreement”.  Now that Parliament has reconvened, the Divorce Bill will be considered, and hopefully passed. When a couple have decided to separate, it will be easier to proceed with a less confrontational divorce.


Resolution are also campaigning for rights for co-habiting couples.  There is no such thing as a “common law” marriage and just living together does not give you the same rights as being married or in a civil partnership.  Resolution is trying to change this as well as raise awareness of these issues in the meantime so cohabiting couples can protect themselves.


Every November, Resolution run an awareness week.  Look out for more information on this blog next month for current information that might affect you. 


Having a lawyer who is a member of Resolution benefits you and your family.  If you have any queries about this, or wish to discuss your personal circumstances confidentially, please contact Melanie Tubbs on 01788 55 77 00. 

In the meantime, as ever, get in contact directly if we can help you with any family law queries or concerns. If our family team can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or contact any of our offices: BanburyBicesterRugby and London. You can contact us directly on 01295 270999 or visit our website


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