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Family Law Blog : May 2014

Comment on divorce & family law 

Marry at first sight, repent at leisure

Divorce & Family Lawyer Derby, Andrew Robotham.

A new Channel 4 TV show entitled Married at First Sight will see volunteers who have never met before getting married in front of the TV cameras. This is not a completely new idea as something similar was undertaken by the Birmingham radio station BRMB in 1999. In this case, using a panel of experts in areas such as psychology, psychotherapy, anthropology and theology, a couple were “pitched together” and subsequently married. The groom, a 28-year-old called Greg Cawdell, who...

Getting to grips with pensions on divorce is essential

Are pensions important in divorce? The short answer is yes, yet still so many people fail to take pensions into consideration when reaching a financial settlement after splitting up from their spouse. The whole area of pensions is complex. No point pretending otherwise. That is why we have pension actuaries and pension experts and specialist pension financial advisors. And that may be why many people just don’t deal with them when they have so much else on their...

Deciding to divorce can take a long time - and that’s ok

We often talk about the length of time it takes to get through the divorce process. However, what we rarely talk about is how long it can take for someone to decide to divorce. And, do you know what? It is ok for that process to take as long as it takes. It doesn’t matter if you think about it, consult a divorce solicitor and then take ages to decide if you want to proceed. There is a...

The pros and cons of using a McKenzie Friend in your divorce

An interesting debate has been hotting up over the last few weeks on the topic of fee-charging McKenzie friends in cases like divorce. It came after watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel published a report (PDF copy of the report here) which calls for McKenzie Friends to be recognised as increasing access to justice and a “legitimate feature of the modern legal market” helping to offset Legal Aid cuts.

Let’s make divorce quick and simple says senior family law judge

Quick and simple divorce: that’s the wish of Sir James Munby, England’s most senior family law judge. He has caused a bit of a stir suggesting consenting couples should be able to divorce easily and simply. This need not involve the courts but could be done via signing the necessary documents at a Register Office, cementing the fact that it is often simply an administrative matter rather than a matter for the courts, in much the...


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