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Family Law Blog : November 2011

Comment on divorce & family law 

Divorce website goes mobile

Technology doesn’t stand still – which makes it very difficult to keep up all of the time. However, I believe it is vitally important for a successful business in this day and age to do its best to keep on top of technology to make it as easy as possible for customers – and potential customers – to find and interact with you. This is not always obvious in the legal sector but I like to think that...

EastEnders outrage on children and social care

Upon my recent return to the UK from my adopted home of Egypt, I was sadly excited by the prospect of watching a few EastEnders episodes. The excitement turned to horror as I watched an appallingly written episode which showed a frightening lack of proper and relevant research into current family law and social care practice. In my opinion, it was dangerous.In this particular episode, Roxy Mitchell left her three-year-old daughter in the temporary care of one of her...

Family lawyers know their stuff

Representing yourself in court in a family law case is looking increasingly appealing for some in the current climate. Changes in Legal Aid rules to slash eligibility for money to support divorce cases is one big reason on the face of it. Another is along similar lines but more general – in the tight economic circumstances, people simply do not believe they can afford to employ a solicitor to pursue their divorce settlement. One obvious alternative is to represent themselves...

The great annulments myth revealed

Annulments must be one of the most misunderstood areas of family law in the UK, or the least understood, whichever way you want to look at it. At Woolley & Co, it is an area that consistently generates enquiries and yet, last year, we actually completed just two annulments for clients. Many of the enquiries we do get come from the Asian community.It is wrong to think that a marriage can just be “cancelled” with an annulment...

Americans give us the wrong divorce impression - or is it the right one?

There seemed to be a sudden proliferation of US TV series a few years ago based around law practices. Ally McBeal, LA Law, JAG, that sort of thing. This seems to have evolved now into more legal investigation programmes, such as CSI, NCIS, and other acronyms. Add to these very popular shows the sheer number of films that include some element of legal process, either a criminal investigation, court case or simply “cops on the edge”, and you...

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