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Family Law Blog : April 2010

Comment on divorce & family law 

Survival of the fittest for high street practices

Change is inevitable. Ask Gordon Brown.Change is also a good thing more often than not – though we will often suggest the opposite.Some people just won’t look at the positives sometimes though. Take the Lawyers Defence Group for example. They are calling on the Government – whoever it is currently running the country that is, as all the politicians seem to be out knocking on doors, leaving the proper work to the auto-pilot I guess –...

Anyone for tennis?

It is unfortunate that the divorce process is so heavily process driven. Like most things linked to the law, there is protocol to be followed, records to be kept, applications to be filed and papers to be served. Sometimes it can seem a bit like letter-writing tennis as representatives for the two camps exchange views and crawl slowly towards agreement – or at least a position that both can live with going forward.When I established Woolley & Co in 1996,...

“Tug-of-love” ruling resonates in law

You see? The system does work. Sometimes. A six-year old girl and her two brothers are to be allowed to stay living with their mum in the UK after an Appeal Court ruling took into account where the little girl said she would rather live. I think perhaps outside of legal circles, this will not be seen quite as the landmark that it actually is. Years ago, it used to be the case that children could be put in the...

Acting for the children?

Custody and access must be among the most misunderstood terms in family law – because they don’t officially exist any more. They used to of course, before the Children Act changed the terminology. But the 20th anniversary of that particular piece of legislation has been “celebrated” over the last couple of weeks and it is quite amazing that two words have stuck so strongly in the public’s consciousness, still bandied around 20 years after being...

Divorce lawyers, negotiation, mediation and collaborative divorce

In the old days, when I started off as a specialist divorce lawyer, everybody knew where they stood when they wanted a divorce. 1. They went to a solicitor2. They had to go to Court about the divorce itself let alone the financial divorce settlement Mind you, they didn't know how much it would cost! And the going to Court is the really expensive bit. Happily things are now different, except for the cost of Court. But almost all of...

 

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