Second marriages and prenuptial agreements have been one of the most recent storylines of The Archers. Through the trials and tribulations in the relationship between Lillian and Justin the BBC radio show has cast its light on 21st century family life from the comfort of fictional Ambridge.
As a family law solicitor, I often say that ‘nothing surprises me’. But with the advent of new technologies and the proliferation of social media I find myself amazed by some of the things I read about in Family Law case notes and some of the incidents experienced by my clients.
Uncertainty around many things in Britain is still high after our historic vote to leave Europe. I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the language of Brexit borrowing heavily from divorce and what the architects of the change could learn from us family law specialists.
From the minute the referendum result was in, the language of Brexit has borrowed heavily from divorce. The EU Commissioner Jean Claude Juncker said very early on that Britain’s split from Europe “would not be an amicable divorce”. He went on, though, to say that the relationship had been having troubles for some time, suggesting “it was not exactly a tight affair anyway”.
As divorce lawyers, we are often asked how to get an annulment to a marriage, and, like many areas of family law, there are often a great number of urban myths to dispel before addressing the original question.
It has recently been widely reported that Pope Francis has reformed the annulment process. Whilst this is true for a religious annulment, it is not true for the annulments which we seek in the Family Court.