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Family Law Blog : March 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

Pros and cons of collaborative divorce

ADR seems to be a new buzz word in family law at the moment. Alternative Dispute Resolution has been mentioned much in context of family mediation, as mediation is an example of ADR. However, an alternative route to mediation is collaborative divorce.I’ve talked about collaborative family law a number of times before but I think in the current climate there has been some confusion around collaboration, mediation and ADR, so it is worth mentioning again.A big...

Will families bear Budget brunt?

I always watch the Budget with interest. The pantomime that goes with it is often as entertaining as any comedy programme you’ll see on television. There are villains, cheers, boos and backstabbing. It is particularly entertaining coming soon after a general election where there has been a change of the guard. The former Government is always quick to stick the knife in about the state of the economy – an economy which we all know cannot be changed...

We have the technology - to predict divorce

Interesting news from the South by Southwest festival of film, music and technology in Texas last week – SXSW to those in the know, I’m told. This is a globally renowned get together showcasing the latest advancements in technology, attracting some of the electronic industry’s leading figures to discuss where we are and where we are, or should be going, in the future in terms of development. So it is quite telling that a few words...

Mediation message gets nearer, but no clearer

I’m picking up on a theme from last week again if I may. It is a topic that is here to stay and, as April 6 looms ever closer, the more we can understand about the impact of the New Family Law Procedure Rules 2010, the better.I think people do have a perception that the law is, more often than not, black and white. Guilty/not guilty. Divorced/married. It follows therefore that lawyers should all be very clear...

New family procedure rules are a victory for plain English

Ask many people what is the worst thing about the legal profession and they may well say “the jargon”. They may well say many other, less polite, things as well perhaps, but the language used in many aspects of our work lurches from arcane to ridiculous. Sensible, succinct and clear definitions can be difficult to find.However, I am hoping that a tide of change may be starting with the New Family Procedure Rules 2010 that come into force...

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