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Family Law Blog : January 2012

Comment on divorce & family law 

Four reasons why you must make a clean break

There is no doubt that we are in difficult times. When established  high street and brand names like Kodak and Peacocks are hit by the economic crisis, you know “times are hard”. Consumers are cutting back, making economies. Almost daily on the news there are reports of like for like sales being down. By all accounts, trading over Christmas was not great, with a few exceptions like Primark – which is unashamedly a budget brand.It...

What IS divorce?

More than almost any other word I can think of, divorce comes with a lot of baggage. And there is no pun intended there! Say the word and people immediately think of 1,000 different things connected with it, from conflict and upset, to kids, cost and quickies.The reality of course is that a divorce is simply the legal ending of a marriage. To get a divorce, you must have been married for more than one year. There are then certain...

Social media for lawyers

There’s no escaping social media these days – as you’ll know if you are reading this blog! Whether it is Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, myspace, You Tube or any number of other sites and services, it has never been easier to engage with others.From a personal point of view, this is great for helping keep in touch with people you rarely see, keeping others posted on what you are up to, sharing good news and...

Giving all divorced parents legal right to see their children

It has taken family law a long time to ensure that children are put at the heart of any contact and residence issues. What is best for them is the starting point and I firmly believe that is how it should be.Most of the time, this will involve them having contact with both parents, with both sides of the equation having a tangible impact on their offspring’s upbringing. And in most instances, this will be agreed between...

A divorce is not just for Christmas

Having mentioned the apparent annual rush for the divorce lawyers that we see in January each year a couple of times already in the last few weeks, I have been thinking more on this topic. The driver for this is the desire for us to do away with this unwanted tradition and for people to take a deep breath and consider the state of their marriage in the cold light of mid-January rather than on the last day of a...

 

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