November 24, 2016

BBC interviews Jones Myers on campaign to reform family law

Jones Myers founder, Peter Jones, has highlighted the significance of a far-reaching campaign calling for no fault divorce law and improved rights for cohabiting couples to thousands of listeners on BBC Radio Leeds.

Appearing on ‘Legal Monday’ with popular presenter Richard Stead, Peter outlined the aims of Lobby Day in which he is playing a key role to urge local MPs to change current legislation.

Taking place at the House of Commons on November 30, Lobby Day is part of Good Divorce Week, which promotes a constructive approach to divorce and runs from November 28 to December 2.

Hundreds of MPs across the country are being urged to support the campaign which has featured in the media and been organised by Resolution – a national family law group which promotes non-confrontational solutions in family law of which Peter is a former chair.

Explains Peter: “We’re seeking the introduction of no fault divorce. Currently, unless a couple has lived apart for two years, one partner must take the blame for the split. While this can cause friction and recriminations during what is usually an anxious time, no fault divorces would make it easier for people to make their separation more harmonious and avoid lengthy and stressful court disputes.

“We are also calling for the law to be changed to protect cohabiting couples who now make up ten per cent of the population and do not have the same automatic rights as married couples. We want a legal framework of rights and responsibilities to ensure fair outcomes should they separate or one of them die. I have been a vociferous campaigner on these two issues for many years.”

Lobby Day will also draw MPs attention to the plight of those impacted by swingeing cuts that have seen Legal Aid all but disappear in divorces – a situation which Resolution fears will be further exacerbated by wide-ranging court closures regionally and nationally.

Peter explained to Richard that while those who live near Leeds city centre might be unaffected by the changes, they would have a huge impact on residents in places such as Pateley Bridge and outlying areas.

During the programme Peter also took calls from listeners on succession planning and wills, advising that these should always be kept up to date for current wishes to be carried out.

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You can listen to Peter’s BBC Radio Leeds appearance here, at 01:36 until 20th December.

Jones Myers highly experienced team of family lawyers can assist with the issues highlighted in the campaign along with all matters related to divorce and separation. You can contact the team on 0113 246 0055 or tweet us on @helpwithdivorce.