Tuesday, September 06, 2016

NEWS FROM RESOLUTION: Statement on Eddie the Eagle's divorce settlement

Nigel Shepherd
Responding to media reports about Eddie the Eagle’s divorce settlement, Nigel Shepherd, National Chair of family law organisation Resolution, said:

“It’s refreshing to see how philosophical Eddie is about his divorce settlement – despite losing the majority of the earnings from his latest venture. When there are children involved, as in this case, it’s right and proper that their interests are at the heart of any award made.

“It’s also a reminder that there should be greater certainty and guidance for people entering the court system, so they are more aware of the potential outcomes and consequences before they start. This is one of the reforms we call for in our Family Law Manifesto.

“This should also encourage more couples to try to resolve matters away from the courts, through mediation, a collaborative process, or simply by negotiation between their solicitors.

“Without these reforms, I fear our family justice system could, much like Eddie the Eagle in 1988, be on a slippery slope.”

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