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Family Law Blog : October 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

Does an iphone app give grounds for divorce?

I blogged not long ago (Love replaces sex at top of divorce list) about research which suggested that adultery was no longer the number one cause of divorce in the UK. In 27 per cent of cases, the highest scoring answer according to the Grant Thornton survey was growing apart that ultimately led to a breakdown, overtaking infidelity in the top slot for the first time since the matrimonial survey began in 2003.However, adultery is still one of the most...

Who buys the Lottery ticket in your house?

I think the generally accepted wisdom, which of course is the favourite kind and has no basis whatsoever in law, is that if an individual buys a Lottery ticket and their numbers come up, their other half is entitled to half. I guess that should read that they would share their winnings but if they split up, it would be divided between them. Well, a ruling last week suggested that is not always the case – and it could send...

A calm, collaborative divorce for all

As an active collaborative lawyer I am finding myself in court less and less these days, which for me is a real bonus. This is not to say I’m not busy, but my time and energy is focused on helping clients to reach amicable solutions to their problems in a way that enables them to move forward into the next phase of their lives in a more positive and constructive way. I think this is most efficient use...

Rottweiler family lawyers are in the dog house

A little while ago a client came to me stating that he wanted a “Rottweiler” of a solicitor and I found this approach very strange indeed. As someone who was attacked when riding my bike home from work one night by a vicious Doberman (that looked like a Rottweiler) and ending up in A&E and permanently scarred, the concept of wanting to instruct someone that had the potential of causing you and your former partner pain...

New law firm code brings management focus

A new code of Conduct for law practices is now in place. Despite the rather meaningless title Outcome-Focused Regulations, I think they are good, easy to manage and full of common sense issues to help a modern practice run more professionally and thrive.Now I am not normally backward in complaining about this profession shying away from this sort of change, so I was heartened to read a great blog on the subject in Law Society Gazette. In it, the...

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