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Family Law Blog : February 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

Divorce settlements should consider circumstances of all parties

“A man left disabled after a road crash could be forced to sell his home after a judge ordered him to hand more than half his compensation payout to his ex-wife.”This intro from a story in the Daily Mail last week is the type of thing that makes me angry. Not the fault of the Mail (on this occasion!) but more the original decision of a judge which sends the wrong message and puts family law in...

Ex-pats still confused over divorce

Egypt has hardly been out of the news in the UK for the past few weeks. The country steeped in history is rarely front and centre on the six or ten o’clock news but we have been treated repeatedly to scenes of huge crowds in the centre of Cairo. At first they were calling for disliked president Hosni Mubarak to go. Now, they are congregating to celebrate him going.I always find it fascinating to watch these historic...

Proposals on child support would help no one

As almost any family law specialist will tell you, agreeing – and getting parents to stick to – maintenance payments for any children is one of the areas most fraught with difficulties. Just the mention of it causes emotions to run high on both sides. For the parent with whom any children will reside, they are keen to ensure the absent party pays their fair share of support costs (at least). For the absent parent, often the father, they have...

Clegg and Duncan-Smith at odds over families

Marriage Week UK ended on Valentine’s Day. I understand this was deliberate and simply a quirk of the calendar with the most romantic day of the year falling on a Monday. Slightly ironic though. Would it not have been better to start Marriage Week on February 14?!The week celebrates commitment and the importance of marriage. The notion should be applauded. It is perhaps though unfortunate that the event, apparently running since 1997, is not more high profile so...

Unmarried couples rights - or wrongs?

There has been a fair bit of chatter in the last week about the rights of unmarried couples. If you want to catch up on what’s been said on the issue, try checking out this BBC round-up.It all kicked off (again) when Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division of the High Court – effectively the highest ranking family law judge in the country – said estranged partners should have claim on property and assets accumulated...

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