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Family Law Blog : April 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

Will a student make Britain the world’s divorce capital?

Students, bless them, have been in the news more than normal over the last few months over tuition fees. Universities will be able to charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees to balance a cut in funding announced in the Government spending review last year. The maximum had previously been capped at £3,290.This will inevitably further impoverish the lowly student and do nothing to dispel the caricature of the dishevelled under-graduate in second hand clothes, paying for...

William, Kate and a rush of Royal blood

Fever has gripped the nation, nay the world. This is not in a bad way, à la swine fever or bird flu, but more a gush of patriotism as the Royal Wedding finally arrives. It seems like it has been coming forever but it was only last November when it was announced. At the time I covered the potential for a diamond-encrusted prenuptial agreement in my previous blog about the Royal Wedding.It’s good that the nation has...

Pets, divorce and fostering

RSPCA launched a campaign last week called PetRetreat. It’s a fostering service for pets effectively. A network of fosterers can look after a person’s cats, dogs or whatever, so that they can escape domestic violence. Once they are settled in a new life, they can claim back their pet.The move came because some victims of domestic violence feel trapped in their situation because they don’t want to leave – leaving the animals behind....

Don’t let holidays drive family apart

The bumper Easter holiday bonanza is almost upon us. Easter plus royal wedding equals fewer days at work (hurrah!), so more time to enjoy with your extended family (…). Perhaps not cheers from all quarters on that one.In fact, not everyone is cheering the extra day off either. Small businesses are complaining it will cost them a fortune. One Warwickshire entrepreneur I spoke to, thought the Royal Wedding would cost him about £40,000 in payments to staff for an...

Is Skype really the answer to losing the children in divorce?

When families are split apart by divorce – or simply relationship breakdown for unmarried couples – there is no question that younger children suffer more than anyone else. No matter how hard it is on the grown-ups involved, the children’s world will never be the same. Everything they have known will be blown apart.When this happens, and assuming a “normal” situation whether there are two supportive parents and no specific reason that one should be...

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