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Family Law Blog : March 2012

Comment on divorce & family law 

Debate around shared parenting causes confusion

It has been difficult to keep up with the debate swinging backwards and forward but I think the upshot is that there is still no legal obligation on shared parenting. I think that’s the case.Much was made of this point in the Family Justice Review. The interim report suggested that, for the first time, it should be enshrined in law that children should be entitled to a meaningful relationship with both parents. Fathers and others out for...

Why good lawyers always take a collaborative approach to divorce

For what it’s worth, I think the collaborative approach to law will gather pace in the coming years to the point that it is commonplace. It is taking a long time to catch on in the UK after it was exported here from the US where its origins lay, but it will get there.Couples choosing to go down the route of a collaborative divorce sign up to reaching an agreement without going to court and through debating...

“Marriage is best for raising children”

I don’t think it is a revolutionary declaration but I think many would agree with the Government saying that it is better for children to be raised by two parents who are married.Research suggests children from such homes are most likely to end up with a good education and a job and the stability of parents’ relationship is key to a child’s development.There is no suggestion that there is any thing inherently wrong...

A year of mediation:  are things any better?

A year seems to go by very fast these days. Yes, I know it is an age thing, but I thought things slowed down when as you got older rather than speeded up? This time a year ago we were anticipating a long hot summer, something promised again by the weather forecasters. Excitement was growing about the first British royal marriage in years as William and Kate prepared to walk down the aisle. And the era of compulsory mediation was...

Gay marriage causes a stir

There have been a lot of ruffled feathers, indignant spats and religious dogma over the last couple of weeks around the issue of gay marriage. This is something that has been on the agenda for some time, not quite since biblical times, but for some time nonetheless.The soap opera started when Cardinal Keith O'Brien – the most senior Catholic in Britain – described gay marriage as "grotesque” amid ongoing speculation that a change in the law would...

 

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