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Family Law Blog : May 2010

Comment on divorce & family law 

Couples could lose if we win the World Cup

It is often the little things that can bring situations to a head. Admittedly, sometimes it’s the equivalent of invading Poland that sets in motion a chain of events, but more often than not it is the clothes left on the floor, toothpaste squeezed around the sink or the toilet seat up. So this is a warning to couples ahead of the World Cup: don’t let football be the decisive penalty in an emotional shootout. Divorce...

Bringing the law into the 21st century

When I established Woolley & Co in 1996, I wanted to create a family law specialist that was a bit different. I wanted to break away from the traditional mould to build a firm around the needs of the customer, doing away with town centre offices and using the latest technology to interact with them and each other. That meant emailing documents and using the internet as a shop window for our services, with transparent pricing in plain English. Nearly 14 years...

Diary of a divorce now live

Our long-awaited Diary of a Divorce blog is now live.The episodic diary will follow a Woolley & Co client as she goes through the process of getting a divorce from her estranged husband. The idea is not just to demonstrate the course that needs to be charted and the professional services that may be needed along the way, but also gives an insight into the swiftly changing emotions someone goes through.Follow the diary here and please do add...

Darling do please marry me we will save lots of IHT

There are lots of reasons to get married of course, mostly emotional or even spiritual. I have some vague memories of law school when it used to be a reason to get married to get a significant tax allowance. But romance has hit the heights again in the Inland Revenue and marriage can save significant amounts of inheritance tax. How romantic is that?! It applies to civil partnerships and married couples. It is worth considering especially if you are...

Finally, the secret to a happy marriage

Those researchers have been at it again. Finally they claim to have discovered the secret to a happy marriage. And is it down to the man – being miserable. How this works in civil partnerships, I don’t know but for your average married couple, they are less likely to divorce if the man of the house doesn’t enjoy himself too much. You can add in your own jokes here about lives being made a misery and...

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