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Family Law Blog : February 2013

Comment on divorce & family law 

Why couples choose a collaborative divorce

Collaborative divorce is the future. At least that’s what I am being told by our team of collaborative family lawyers. Mind you I certainly agree that a conciliatory approach, where couples agree to reach a settlement on finances and agreement on any arrangements for children without going to court, is a sensible way of conducting a family law case and I’m encouraged to see it’s increasingly being seen as a good approach by more...

Changes to child support rules

In this Guest Blog Michelle Counley of NACSA helps to unravel some of the changes taking place in child maintenance payments.The Child Support Agency has a troubled history and parents, along with taxpayers throughout the UK, have suffered financially as a result. So I’m sure many people will agree that any news of changes to enhance the system are a good thing. Don’t get too excited though. For now, the only people affected will be...

What is the divorce rate?

Well, it’s the piece of research we have all been waiting for. We can now confirm that the seven year itch is a myth.A new report What is the divorce rate? has been published by the Marriage Foundation analysing divorce statistics and trends for the last 40 years. It shows a number of interesting points but two things stood out for me: people are making better marriage choices today than they were in the early 1970s, and seven...

Equal marriage: will you be my Valentine?

It has come as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for homosexual couples up and down the country. All couples with a lifelong commitment should be able to call it marriage, Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs ahead of that important vote last week, whether straight or gay, and it was a noble cry.The pros and cons of civil partnership versus marriage are things which I have mentioned relatively regularly in this blog for some time. The amount...

Domestic violence complaints set to rise with Legal Aid changes

Reports of domestic violence will rise after April this year. That’s my prediction and it may raise a few eyebrows. However, it makes sense if you think about the knock-on effects of changes to Legal Aid in family law.Cuts of up to £350 million in the system, due to take hold from April, will see the option of Legal Aid removed for many people in divorce proceedings. However, it will remain an option to finance divorce for...

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