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Family Law Blog : October 2012

Comment on divorce & family law 

Pubs are no place for family law advice

We can see the effects of the current economic recession everywhere. Empty shops on the high street, high unemployment, stunted industrial growth – and a rise in the stock of pub lawyers. Ironically in the week that a report said pubs had sold 4.8% fewer pints this year compared to last – that’s 51 million lower – it is the pub lawyer issue that is the biggest sign of the times for me and one that I think is a...

Parents, children and the law

Being a parent is a huge responsibility. From the very second your first is born, for the rest of your life you are unlikely to ever stop caring for them and worrying about them in more ways than one.In some ways, this aspect of having children is the straightforward bit. No matter what trials and tribulations a family may go through, the relationship between a child and their parents is constant. However, when you look at that relationship in...

Happy marriages good news for children

A story about the high number of happy marriages caught my eye last week. A survey of more than 2,000 married couples found 91 per cent are happy with their relationship – with 17 per cent describing it as perfect!This is a long way from the picture of broken Britain often painted with more and more families splitting up – or at least at civil war – and children running wild as a result. That may be an extreme take on things...

Women’s intuition can predict divorce

Pre-wedding nerves are nothing to worry about, we are told. They are natural and a completely understandable reaction to the months of planning and the life-changing event about to happen. Now though, a new study suggests they might not be as innocuous as we are led to believe.The UCLA study suggests that women who have pre-wedding worries about the future are 2.5 times more likely to divorce within four years. It appears that this trait is significantly more pronounced in...

Family law fixed fees - right, but not new

Fixed fees in family law are nothing new – but they are still a rarity, and I cannot understand why. When I founded Woolley & Co family law back in 1996, among other things underpinning the service we offered was transparency on fees. Why? Because the common wisdom was that solicitors are expensive and the final bill will always be much higher than expected. Offering fixed fees was a way of addressing this.So here we are, 16 years later, and while...

 

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