Not so brief family law blog roundup

Spurred on by this post by Nick Holmes, I thought I'd get around to doing something I've been meaning to do for a while and review what's been happening in the world of family law blogs.

Jacqui Gilliatt at bloody relations has written an excellent series of posts on that most misunderstood concept, parental responsibility (logically filed under the label 'parental responsibility'), and an amusing but highly realistic post setting out '10 Ways to Irritate the Other Parent & Provoke a Court Case' - yes, Jacqui, I've come across all of those!

Lynne Bastow at DivorceSolicitor has changed her template but continues to give the sort of advice I could not possibly give upon dealing with the emotional aspects of relationship breakdown, together with specific legal advice, such as this post regarding the frustrations of dealing with the CSA.

Judith Middleton blogs in her own uniquely interesting way, her posts often related to her personal experiences, such as spotting her 'Ex' in town recently. I particularly liked this post about an elderly client who misheard the name 'Resolution' - I told you we should have kept the old name 'Solicitors Family Law Association'!

Pink Tape has been having trouble with commenters who have an axe to grind, especially lawyer-bashers, hijacking her blog. In response, she has enabled comment moderation and suggests that the culprits write their own blogs.

Diane Benussi, speculating whether there is any such thing as a 'good' divorce, comments upon how many people choose their divorce lawyer by reference only to location or price. This has always surprised me - very few prospective clients ask anything about your experience, qualifications or approach. In particular, as Diane says, choosing a bad lawyer who stirs up confrontation is only going to make things worse, not better.

Lastly, Family Law Matters has been a little quiet of late (it's a pain when work gets in the way of blogging), but has found time to give some sensible advice upon that perennial problem - naming the 'other party'. I, too, often have to spend time dissuading clients who are eager for revenge from 'naming and shaming' the Co-Respondent.