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Family Law Blog : March 2010

Comment on divorce & family law 

EU sails into international divorce waters

“Divorce shopping” is a relatively new term to many. It relates to where a couple – or individual – looking to divorce and who can potentially do so in a number of countries, researches where they might get the best deal before starting proceedings. So if an English man is married to Spanish lady and they are living in Italy, there are at least three sets of rules they could look at to see where they will bag...

Why won’t lawyers (still) use e-mail?

So often we get many firms failing to use e-mail for discussions betwen us. Presumably they prefer their communication to take 2+ days to reach us than about 2 minutes? Over the length of a divorce I think that could make about a 2 month difference. Imagine that! I cannot see any benefit to the law firms in the delay. In fairness, those firms such as mine who try to use normal, modern communication methods are not helped by the whole system we...

In the end, to split is human

There was an interesting column in the Guardian last week which has got me thinking a lot about the real reasons behind relationship break-ups. In it, columnist Zoe Williams suggests that there is no great myth behind why people – and especially celebrities – split up. This is not a creation of “Broken Britain” nor are pampered celebrities more likely to get divorced than anyone else. It is simply the case that it is normal for people to...

John and Sarah’s divorce

We all hear, it seems daily, about yet another "celebrity divorce" or the make believe "quickie divorce" they often claim to obtain. We hear about the agonising over whether the settlement should be £200million or £300million. What a hard life and tough case that must be! Let's have a look at a more normal case, we'll call them John and Sarah and make them Mr & Mrs Middle England, perhaps our typical client. It is Sarah who comes...

Mother’s Day and Divorce Lawyers

There is a temptation for us lawyers to judge other lawyers based mainly upon their technical legal ability. “She’s a good lawyer” (or not) is often heard.What do we know?Yes, us lawyers can judge if another lawyer has excellent legal knowledge as we are qualified to know. But what is the real test of a good lawyer? What effects do we have when dealing with a divorce or other family law issue? Should it...

 

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