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Family Law Blog : July 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

A new way to Legal Aid

A fairly well-populated list of leading family law luminaries put their names to a letter published in the Times a few weeks ago discussing the proposed changes to provision of Legal Aid. I say “discussing” but in truth they were fairly scathing at how proposed reforms seem to be steamrollering through despite widespread objections expressed in response to the consultation process.The letter expressing disappointment that the Legal Aid changes are still going through unchanged came as the...

There are no right answers on divorce

It is interesting how the same issue can provoke two completely different views. Ask Murdoch and Brooks, or Cameron and Miliband for that matter. Because hacking has eclipsed almost everything else in the news for the past week, some other issues have suffered from a lack of coverage as a result. The famine in Somalia is one. The badger cull is another.I would have expected comments by leading judge Sir Paul Coleridge to have grabbed a few more headlines ...

It takes more than a leaflet to make good parents

As the phrase goes, there is no instruction book for being a parent. There are some fairly obvious dos and don’ts but for the most part, you learn as you go along and you don’t always get it right. So I am struggling to see why those behind the Family Justice Review think that issuing a leaflet to all new parents giving them pointers on what being a parent means is a good thing.At best,...

What Katie didn’t do next

Katie Price appears to have made it very clear that she will not marry again. This revelation came on the same day as other reports which suggested she would wed Argentine lover Leandro Penna “at some point”. Not so clear then. I am less worried about clarity on her love life and future intentions though as I am with her not wanting to get married again “because it is too expensive”. I take it she is...

Family law shake-up needs IT groundwork

I want to come back to an issue that I touched on last week. After mentioning it in passing, I think it deserves more of an airing.The draft Family Justice Review proposals suggest greater use of IT and technology to improve services. This is a no-brainer to me. Having founded a family law firm working with a model of using technology to improve our service to clients, I honestly can’t see why this hasn’t been...

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