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Family Law Blog : September 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

Consultation on same sex marriage

Is it me or do people seem to be paying much more attention to the party conferences than in previous years? It was the Liberal Democrats last week and the TV and (quality) newspaper coverage was robust, as a politician might say. I’m not sure my memory is entirely correct when I suggest that just a couple of years ago some of the conferences seemed to be conducted in a shed in Marlow with a “news in...

Are self-help divorce sites the future?

I’m going to pick straight up where I left off in my last offering. In it, I was debating the pros and cons of self-help divorce websites, triggered by the launch of www.intelligentdivorce.co.uk which is designed to help divorcing couples reach agreement on the value of their assets without the need to take up additional court time. It is fair to say that my thoughts on it veered one way and then the other so...

Intelligent divorce costs how much?

I was looking this week at what I think is a pretty good new, online service for divorcing couples wanting to work to reach agreement on the value of their assets before then asking a barrister to give an opinion on whether it is likely to be accepted by the court.However, what spoiled the experience was a careless scaremongering line that suggested that a divorce through a high street law firm “could easily reach £40,000”. On what...

How can unmarried couples have greater rights than married ones?

There has been some debate in the last week about Living Together (Cohabitation) Agreements. Despite the Government stepping back from a plan to introduce similar rights for unmarried couples as those who are married, like claims on property and pensions in the event of a split, the Law Society is suggesting that a properly drawn-up Cohabitation Agreement can actually give the parties more protection if things went sour further down the line.I would take issue with this somewhat.The...

Is mediation helping in shadow of Legal Aid reform?

The likelihood of Legal Aid reform continues to be a big issue. Cuts of up to £350 million in the system would see the option of Legal Aid removed for many people in divorce proceedings, with victims in domestic abuse cases, for instance, among a very small group of people who will still be able to seek help with funding. The profession has voiced fears that the measure is being railroaded through despite strong opposition in a public consultation. The...

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