She pointed out that there were 'many separated or divorced women who have negotiated with their former partners, without rancour, an arrangement whereby they forego any maintenance, but are allowed to keep the family home for themselves and their children. The Bill could undermine that principle.' She also noted the problems of shared access and the dangers of 'a formal maintenance order . . . disrupting and undermining the understanding way in which the couple have dealt with separation or divorce?' Finally, she highlighted one of the main grievances arising from the Act: 'I fear we are in danger of impoverishing the second family to provide for the first.'
The problems were pointed out clearly but the Government chose not to listen.
John F Spellar MP
House of Commons
London SW1Reuse content