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Family Law Blog : January 2010

Comment on divorce & family law 

The depressing effects of the recession?

The Independent has published some stats which cover the period of the recession. They include a continued reduction in the rate of divorces. That is not our experience here, but I do feel more and more general law firms are realising they should not be dealing with at least some of the more complex aspects of divorce. Certainly we are experiencing very high enquiries about how to divorce, are in the process of taking on 2 more divorce lawyers and still...

The 10 minute marriage

Having been a divorce lawyer for well over 20 years, I have heard of some very short marriages. For example, not lasting out the honeymoon. But I read of a marriage in France (and I stress a completely genuine marriage) which lasted up to the 10 minute mark! There is, I suppose, an amusing aspect to this but isn't it a depressing comment on the way society behaves? The Mail reported that the "happy" couple argued on the steps of the...

Forced Marriage support abandoned by the Government?

The Forced Marriage Act was passed by this government. Did they mean it or not?The principal aim of the Act is to prevent forced marriages from taking place and stop attempts to force a party into marriage. If the marriage has already taken place there are additional powers to protect the victim and enable the party to move away from the relationship.There seems little point in making a law on the one hand and on the other taking...

Ditch the bitch

"Ditch the bitch" and "All men are bastards" were apparently divorce poster campaigns on behalf of a London family law firm. They were placed, sensibly you might think, in female and male toilets respectively. I don't know how well they worked, but they certainly got the firm involved a lot of publicity including in the national newspapers. Personally, I am wholly against that sort of approach. Not that of seeking PR through use of innovative and maybe risky adverts but...

Finally grandparents get some good news

I think it is a national disgrace that grandparents are often the unchampioned losers when their children divorce.Woolley & Co are contacted regularly by members of the older generations distraught that the close relationship they shared with their grandchildren has been shattered by divorce and family break-up. We even advise readers of Grandparents Times on the issue when they ask what their rights are regarding seeing their offspring’s children.And the answer is always the same –...

 

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