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Family Law Blog : January 2013

Comment on divorce & family law 

Celebrities more likely to divorce than “normal” people

Katie Price got married again last week. Is this even news any more? I have not mentioned celebrity marriages for some time, which shows either unusual restraint on my part or simply reflects the fact that there are perhaps signs that the public is falling out of love with C-lister nuptials.For a while there, you could not open a tabloid or look at the Mail online without having to plough through several images of overblown wedding ceremonies for those...

Confusion over closing family courts

I hear from colleagues that the service they have been getting from family courts recently has been improving. Apparently many had experienced cases taking longer, instances of papers going astray and call centres replacing local court staff as Government rationalisation of the courts service kicked in. This was, of course, on top of the ongoing niggling issues like the fact court staff will rarely accept email communications and don’t take electronic payments.I’d always counted myself...

Money thrown at “wrong end” of divorce

It has been announced that £10 million more of taxpayers’ money is to be allocated by the Government to help people divorce more easily. There’s an early January headline to warm the cockles of your heart. It came around so-called divorce day, the legendary busiest period for divorce lawyers which always comes in January. Just a week or so earlier, we had people saying it was too easy to divorce, but now the Government wants to make...

Children’s needs during divorce or separation

In the second of our guest blogs, in which we invite others to post their thoughts on family law issues, Rachel Tonkin of Family Lives continues the theme from our previous guest blog about putting the needs of children first when going through a divorce or separation. These tips could be invaluable reading for any parent facing divorce.Keep to a routine Whether you are going through a temporary separation or divorce with your partner it may all feel a...

Flexibility key for family lawyer

Going back to work after Christmas and new year can be a shock to the system for many. Lazy days spent watching films, eating peanuts and polishing off the Baileys are suddenly replaced by alarm clocks, smart clothes and email inbox mountains.However, going back to work after having a baby can be an even bigger shock for mums. I had my first child in February 2007. At the time I fell pregnant, I was working for a conventional law firm,...

 

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