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Family Law Blog : September 2012

Comment on divorce & family law 

Change in definition of domestic violence

The official definition of domestic violence is to be changed from March to include psychological abuse for the first time, it was announced recently. Though the change will help thousands of adults across the UK who are victims of “coercive power”, it is said to be specifically targeted to aid teenage victims of abuse.The British Crime Survey recently found that young people are more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group, with 12.7% of women...

Ex-pat family law problems

You have to be a fairly brave person to move abroad. For some, the trauma of just going on an annual holiday to a different country can almost outweigh the benefits of a week in the sun. The language barrier is daunting for many, not knowing your way around, suspicion over local foods and fear of something going wrong on the journey can conspire to take some of the fun out of a trip abroad. So, to go one better...

Changing family law words will not help families

So we have passed another milestone on the lengthy road of the Family Justice Review. Years after it started, last week we saw the draft legislation published, giving us a few more nuggets on exactly what is going to happen. There have been so many “ins and outs” during the course of this review – basically what is going to be covered and what isn’t – that it is hard to keep up. I therefore always...

Technology can help child contact issues

Should we be giving advice to divorcing couples on the use of technology and social media do you think? It is well-known these days that online social meeting places like Facebook are increasingly being cited in divorce proceedings, most often I guess when spouses are caught out cheating with someone with whom they are a “friend” online. Leaving yourself logged in is very dangerous ground these days.But a report from the United States (where else?) last week...

What have we learned from the Olympics?

I was planning to blog on the topic of the Olympics several weeks ago but there has been so much else going on and so much else to talk about that I didn’t get around to it. And in some ways I am glad for if I had, I would not have been in a position to comment on the inspirational efforts of the Paralympians who are now giving their all in London. If I had blogged a...

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