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Diss lawyer is to take part in London trip for divorce appeal

PUBLISHED: 13:42 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 November 2016

Emma Alfieri Picture: Steeles Law

Emma Alfieri Picture: Steeles Law

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A family lawyer at Steeles Law Solicitors based in Diss will be heading to Parliament together with 150 other family lawyers from all over the country to campaign for fault free divorce.

Emma Alfieri is taking part in the campaign being run by Resolution, which is a group of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

The parliamentary visit is in conjunction with Good Divorce Week which runs from next Monday.

The group are heading to Parliament with their local MPs to highlight ways in which the negative impact on separating couples – and their children – can be minimised.

Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk is also a supporter of fault free divorce and will also be involved in the day.

Ms Alfieri said: “Current divorce law does not support non-confrontational resolutions for separating couples.

“This leads to couples having to play a blame game which can escalate conflict.

“We’re particularly concerned about the impact conflict and confrontation between separating parents has on their children.”

At present, in order to divorce, unless couples have been living apart for two years, one of them needs to apportion some form of blame – adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

This often creates conflict and makes reaching a mutually acceptable agreement much more difficult.

According to Resolution figures, in 2012, there were about 72,000 divorces where adultery or unreasonable behaviour was cited.

Resolution believes that individuals should not have to use blame to bring their relationship to a dignified conclusion and move on with their lives.

Resolution proposes a new divorce procedure, where one or both partners can give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.

Divorce without blame will increase the chances of success for non-court dispute resolution processes as it immediately puts both partners on a level footing.

Follow the campaign on Twitter @resfamilylaw or look for the hashtag #abetterway

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