Owens v Owens – Joanne Wescott Speaks To Sky News 31 Jul 2018
Following on from the decision of the UK Supreme Court in the case of Owens v Owens, Joanne Wescott spoke to Sky News on the implication of the decision and what it means for divorce law in England.
Joanne, who is an expert family and divorce lawyer at Osbornes Law explains to Sky News that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to change law and only Parliament can do so. The concept of a no fault divorce, which currently does not exist in England, is by no means new and is strongly advocated for by family law practitioners and Resolution, the professional body representing family law professionals.
The Divorce Law Review Bill, which includes a no fault divorce has been introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division. The Bill had a first reading in the House of Lords on 18th July 2018.
Joanne, who is a partner in the family department also commented on how current divorce law, which forces, in most case, divorcing couples to establish blame actually adds to acrimony between spouses even before they have begun to resolve finance and children issues, describing how counter productive this is for couples and their family.
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