Family Justice System

Children and Divorce

On 23 June 2011 the Law Society responded to the interim report of the Family Justice Review.

The Society welcomed the recognition that the family justice system is under a huge strain and supports the creation of a single family court built around the priority of child welfare.

The Society sets out several key points including preserving the current ‘tandem model’ of a guardian/solicitor acting in the child’s interests, encouraging parenting agreements but allowing an efficient route to the courts when an agreement cannot be reached and maintaining contact and residence orders.

The Law Society urges the review to recommend a ‘no fault’ divorce system to the Government.