Diss lawyer takes part in national divorce campaign
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A lawyer has visited Parliament as part of a national campaign asking for a change in divorce laws.
Emma Alfieri, family lawyer and Associate at Steeles Law's in Diss, joined 150 other legal professionals as part of a campaign by family law organisation Resolution. that is committed to supporting couples to reach non-confrontational resolutions to family disputes and is calling for no fault divorce.
The lobbying lawyers were joined by many MPs, including Jo Churchill, who represents Bury St Edmunds.
Ms Alfieri said: 'I was delighted to be able to take part and to meet with Jo Churchill and other MPs.
'Sadly current divorce law is not fit for today's modern society. Many couples break up because they simply fall out of love with each other but the law fails to recognise this as a legitimate reason for separation.
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'The purpose of our lobby day was to promote a change in divorce law and to highlight this to as many MPs as possible.
'To be clear, we are not attempting to promote a change to the divorce process or make the divorce process faster; we simply want to remove the need to apportion blame.
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'I believe that the day was a success in raising awareness and hope that it has contributed towards bringing positive change.'
Mrs Churchill, said: 'I was pleased to meet Emma in Parliament and to hear about her experience on the frontline working with separating couples every day in our locality. I agree that conflict should be minimised as much as possible and I will be raising awareness of this issue.'
Nigel Shepherd, national chairman of Resolution said: 'I'm delighted that Emma Alfieri of Steeles Law took part in Resolution's lobby day in Parliament.
Divorce is already difficult enough; we don't need it being made harder by the law pushing couples into conflict and arguments.
It's vital that politicians from all parties understand and realise that it is time to act to support the many separating couples who want to divorce amicably.'
Resolution's call for no fault divorce is supported by, among others, the most senior family judge in the country; the deputy president of the Supreme Court; the Family Mediation Task Force; and Relate.