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1 December 2016

Successful day at Parliament campaign for Steeles Law family team

On 30 November 2016, Emma Alfieri travelled to Parliament to meet with MPs and other family justice professionals, including local MP for Bury St Edmunds and North Suffolk Jo Churchill.

Emma was taking part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation Resolution, who represent 6,500 family justice professionals that are committed to supporting couples to reach non-confrontational resolutions to family disputes.

In total, 150 professionals took part in the event, which included speeches from MPs in support, followed by meetings with individual MPs to discuss the need for divorce law to be changed to allow couples to break up without having to cite blame.

Emma 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.

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.  I believe that the day was a success in raising awareness and hope that it has contributed towards bringing positive change.”

Jo Churchill, added: “I was pleased to meet Emma Alfieri of Steeles Law today 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 Chair 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, amongst others, the most senior family judge in the country; the deputy president of the Supreme Court; the Family Mediation Task Force; and Relate.