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Family Law Blog : May 2013

Comment on divorce & family law 

How to maintain a relationship with your ex

Too few divorcing parents consider how they will continue their relationship with each other after a divorce. Now I know this sounds a bit odd. Surely they are divorcing because they don’t want a relationship? True, but the reality is that if they have children, they will most likely have some contact in most cases.Co-parenting, or shared parenting, is the expected norm these days. It is assumed both parents will play an active role in the upbringing...

Settling family and relationship disputes: what are the options?

When a relationship or marriage breaks down, there is often a huge amount to sort out. Some things may be easy, but you can then get hung up on one tiny detail. Add to that the fact that you and your partner are soon to be ex-partners, so are probably not on the best of terms, and you can see why it can be difficult to reach agreement.If a couple cannot agree on how all their affairs will be...

What makes a great collaborative family lawyer?

A recurring theme on this blog is the fact that adopting a non-confrontational approach to divorce is of benefit to all concerned. It may go against every natural instinct you have to be quick in responding to correspondence, making concessions on both sides to reach a settlement faster and, frankly, not indulging in a spot of point scoring to make you feel better. Divorce, though, doesn’t have to be a battlefield.This is neatly encapsulated by seeking...

More support for families in crisis to soften Legal Aid loss

The loss of Legal Aid for most family law cases, in particular divorce, is something we have talked about many times in this blog. Why, when we didn’t deal with Legal Aid cases ourselves? Because it is a big change in the industry and affects many people, particularly the most vulnerable.In most cases, couples seeking divorce will not now be able to get state help to fund their legal fees. More people are going into mediation without...

Pre-nups: the pros and cons

It seems to me that romantic notions are the bane of the pre-nuptial agreement. Think on this: you don’t want to, or plan to, crash your car, and yet you have car insurance (yes, I know it is the law but stick with me). You don’t want your plumbing to explode and flood the house, but you have insurance to ensure it can be sorted easily if the worst happens. And the last thing you want...

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