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Family Law Blog : July 2013

Comment on divorce & family law 

The great shared parenting illusion

It seems a slight change in the wording of the Children and Families Bill could have quite an impact on some couples going through divorce. That was the feeling that I took away from the Family Justice – Next Steps for Reform: Westminster Legal Policy Forum that I attended last week.A big talking point among delegates was the removal of the “shared parenting” phrase that had gained so much publicity while this Bill has been crawling its...

“It’s not the economy, it’s you” claim in divorce

Collective wisdom dictates that the number of divorces rises during recession. Money pressures, job losses and the like conspire to apply just that additional bit of pressure to couples who were struggling anyway, and prove to be the straw that breaks the back of the marriage.However, recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) flew in the face of this, showing that there was a 1.7 per cent fall in divorces in 2011 (most recent full year figures). A subsequent...

Trust is key for divorce lawyers

Divorce and family lawyers are a trustworthy bunch, or at least we should be. The good news on that front is that the public think lawyers are more trustworthy than accountants, bankers and estate agents. It may come as no surprise to find lawyers fall behind teachers and doctors. However, the recent YouGov poll for the Legal Services Consumer Panel also suggested that public faith in lawyers is wavering, with 42 per cent of respondents trusting lawyers to ‘tell the...

Figures reveal changing face of the British family

Statistics can be made to prove or demonstrate many things. The same set of data can be manipulated in some cases to show opposing things. Just ask a politician. There was an interesting statistic that came out a few weeks ago which made me do a bit of digging to see what real underlying trends I could see in the make-up of the British family, marriage and children. It was the one that suggested one million children in Britain are...


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