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Family Law Blog : February 2012

Comment on divorce & family law 

Caribbean becomes hot divorce destination

The other day I highlighted the divorce hotel in Netherlands where couples can check in and get all the details of their separation sorted over a weekend stay. Well, a story in the press last week made me think on this topic a bit further. It was reported that an increasing number of British couples were flying off to the Caribbean to finalise their divorce because they can do it in 24 hours rather than the more usual six months in...

Supreme Tweets a good idea

There was a time in the not too distant past when the courts were a thing of mystery to large swathes of the population in this country. I know this because clients would regularly react with fear when I mentioned a court or they would admit that the protocols, traditions, paperwork and, often, rulings were completely alien. I get the feeling though that this has changed over the last decade.Some of this is down to television and film....

The real Heartbreak Hotel

I’m all for making divorce as simple as possible for those who have decided that that there absolutely is no future in a relationship and the best thing for all concerned is for the couple to go their separate ways. That is not to say I want divorce to be easy so that people can go for it on a whim rather than at least trying to work through difficult patches, but where things cannot be repaired, making...

Divorced men more likely to remarry

Divorce can often leave a bad taste in the mouth. In fact, it is probably fair to say that most cases leave people a little jaded. After all, if a couple get on really well and sort everything amicably, then perhaps they didn’t need to divorce in the first place.As family lawyers, we can help make the process as painless as possible. A relationship split doesn’t have to be expensive with the correct advice and...

CSA charging plan stumbles

Plans to charge single parents to access the Child Support Agency (CSA) – or the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) as it should now be known – are causing quite a stir.In late January, the House of Lords voted in support of an amendment to the controversial Welfare Reform Bill. It would stop parents who are simply unable to come to a private arrangement for child maintenance with their child’s other parent from having to pay...

 

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