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30 November 2016

Sarah Anticoni, family lawyer travels to Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

Sarah Anticoni, a family lawyer from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in the City, and who is a resident of West Hampstead, travelled to Parliament today to meet with her local MP Tulip Siddiq. 

Ms Anticoni was taking part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation, Resolution, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals who are committed to supporting couples to reach non-confrontational resolutions to family disputes.  In total, 150 family justice professionals took part in the event which saw them hold meetings with MPs to discuss the need for divorce law to be changed to allow couples to break up without having to cite blame. 

Sarah Anticoni, lawyer and mediator said:

“Current divorce law is sadly 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. 

Instead, couples are often forced to cite blame on their divorce petition and, from my personal experience both as a family lawyer and as a mediator; this often leads to unnecessary argument and conflict.  This is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing.  It undermines the work that I and other Resolution members do to help separating couples minimise conflict for themselves and their children. 

This is why I was delighted to travel to Parliament today to support Resolution‘s call for no fault divorce and to meet with Tulip Siddiq.  We need to move forward, no fault divorce was originally provided for in the 1996 Family Law Act but was never brought into force.  It was repealed in the Children and Families Act 2013.  When parliamentary time is limited, it would take very little effort to recycle the work that has previously been done”.

Resolution‘s call for no fault divorce is supported by, amongst others, the most senior family judge in the country; the deputy president of the Supreme Court; the Family Mediation Task Force and RELATE. 

Tulip Siddiq said:

“I was pleased to meet Sarah Anticoni today in Parliament and hear about her experience on the frontline of working with real separating couples and their children every day, as a mediator and as a lawyer in London.

I agree that divorce law should be modernised to allow couples to breakup without having to attribute blame and I will be raising this issue in Parliament and with government ministers”.

In a recent survey of family lawyers carried out by Resolution, over 90% agree that divorce law needs to be modernised to allow for no fault divorce.  As well as no fault divorce being a better option for separating couples, family lawyers also predicted that the change in the legislation would see a greater use of mediation and to lead to a reduction in the amount of court time spent dealing with children or financial issues relating to divorce.