Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear the appeal to the government's prorogation of Parliament. As a family lawyer I am obviously relieved that the Domestic Abuse Bill will be re-introduced in the next Queen's Speech.
The number of people killed in 'domestic violence' incidents is at its highest for 5 years, so it must take priority. But, Resolution, family lawyers, politicians, mediation and family support groups have been pushing for the "no fault" divorce for years, and now we see that this Bill may fail. It's so important that parties are able to separate and concentrate on the children of the family and looking forward rather than unpicking what may have driven them to separate. It's a kinder way to let couples divorce.
Resolution are going to be making the case to carry this Bill over into the new Parliament so again we are left hoping and waiting for sense to prevail.
given the wide support the Bill has so far enjoyed, together with the fact divorcing couples have waited for years for this reform, we are optimistic that measures can be reintroduced quickly in a new Parliament