Annual Awareness Week 2023: A Vision For Family Justice

The concept of a “good divorce” may seem paradoxical, yet it represents a growing movement that promotes amicable separations that prioritise the well-being of all parties involved.

Historically, divorces were often treated as the legal battleground on which seperating couples fought for property and assets.

But things are changing for the better.

In 2023, more couples are realising that an amicable divorce is far preferable to one contentiously fought over a few pennies in the pound.

This change in mindset has been massively helped by organisations such as Resolution.

Resolution was founded in 1982 by a group of family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for families and their children. They are committed to promoting a constructive approach to resolving family issues with as little conflict as possible; one that considers the needs of the whole family and prioritises the best interests of children.

Each year, Resolution runs a campaign called Good Divorce Week, aiming to shed light on constructive divorce practices. In 2023, Good Divorce Week has been renamed Annual Awareness Week, in order to launch a blueprint for a future family justice system with a Vision for Family Justice and the need for cohabitation reform.

The campaign will run from 27 November – 1 December.

What constitutes a good divorce? (Insights from previous Good Divorce Weeks)

As we approach Resolution’s Annual Awareness Week, it is apparent that societal attitudes to divorce are evolving. A good divorce, it seems, is not only achievable, but represents a commitment to mutual understanding, collaboration, and an amicable separation for the good of all parties.

But what constitutes a good divorce? And what are the key elements that foster positive outcomes for all parties involved?

Good communication and collaboration

One of the pillars of a good divorce is effective communication and collaboration.

And it starts with active listening, a key component of effective communication.

Each party must strive to understand the other’s perspectives and concerns, creating a foundation for empathetic negotiation.

Being open and honest will help lay the groundwork for a more amicable resolution. This will help both parties to find the common ground that is essential for collaborative problem-solving. And in doing so, couples can work towards mutually acceptable solutions that meet both their individual needs and those of the wider family.

These constructive discussions foster an environment conducive to compromise and understanding that will help couples to navigate the path to a good divorce.

Prioritising the interests of children

For couples with children, a good divorce places the well-being of the children involved front and centre.

Children should never be weaponised or used a bargaining tool in a divorce.

To prioritise the best interests of children, divorcing parents should develop a plan that address custody arrangements, emotional and financial support in a manner that minimises disruption and preserves the security and stability of the children’s lives.

This will help minimise any negative effects in the aftermath of the divorce, but is only possible with honest communication that prioritises the unique needs and preferences of each child.

Fair and equitable distribution of assets

Agreeing a fair and equitable distribution of assets is crucial in achieving an amicable divorce.

As with all aspects of a good divorce, approaching any discussions about property, finances, and debts with mutual understanding and empathy can prevent protracted legal battles, fostering an environment of fairness and mutual respect.

Engaging in negotiations with a focus on achieving a balanced, fair outcome can contribute to a smooth divorce for both parties.

When a couple can agree on the distribution of assets, it enables them to divorce with minimal legal costs by using a reputable online divorce provider.

Utilising technology positively

In the digital age, technology can play an important role in maintaining positive post-divorce relationships, especially when children are involved.

Sharing family calendars and prompt updates on any changes to social and school events helps both parties avoid mistrust. And choosing to engage in considered online communication can facilitate seamless coordination of any agreed custody arrangements and family events.

Embracing technological tools and mobile communication in a positive manner can contribute to a smoother transition for the entire family.

If children can see their parents using these tools to communicate positively, not only are they likely to do the same, but also, their respect for both parents will grow for doing so.


As we approach Annual Awareness Week, it is clear that the journey of divorce should not revolve around protracted, expensive legal negotiations and any misguided notions of winning a battle.

Instead, by embracing a positive approach that prioritises effective communication and collaborative decision-making, seperating couples can forge a path towards a divorce that not only resolves legal matters amicably, but also promotes personal growth, resilience, and the prospect of a brighter future for all involved.