Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Divided by a common language

As I said I would, I've been looking at some of the family law blogs mentioned in the Top 30 at Prenuptial Agreements. Thus far, I've looked at five American blogs.

I'll begin by echoing a couple of comments by Sam Hasler on his Indiana Divorce & Family Law Blog. Firstly, these blogs seem a little more serious than most English family law blogs - reflecting greater respect for the system perhaps? Secondly, and more importantly, it's surprising just how relevant much of the content is to our work over here, despite a completely different legal system. I'm including them in my list of family law blogs, and recommend a regular look by family lawyers on this side of the pond.

Sam Hasler practises (?practices) law in Anderson, Indiana, and his blog obviously reflects Indiana state law, but his horizons clearly don't stop at the state boundaries. A number of his posts mention English blogs, and I am grateful to him for several mentions of Family Lore. He is also open, as we should all be, to ideas across the world, including from here and Australia. What particularly impresses me, though, is the number of posts and the range of subjects that Sam energetically and enthusiastically covers. A definite recommendation.

Another recommendation is California Divorce and Family Law by Jeffrey Lalloway, mentioned below, which gathers together family law related articles from various sources. The style of this one is less formal than the others I have read, containing less law and more general advice, such as in this recent post about how to make divorce as painless as possible.

The top blog in the top 30 is the Divorce & Family Law Attorney Blog by Houston lawyer J. Shannon Cavers. This long-running blog contains a good mix of law and advice on a large number of topics, and is primarily aimed at members of the public. Nicely written and informative.

New York Divorce Report is written by Daniel E. Clement, who has been practising since 1986. Also similar to me, he has been blogging since early last year and the blog contains a mix of family law related stories not dissimilar to Family Lore, even a post on the (in)famous Wedding Ring Coffin that I covered myself (I hadn't read Daniel's post before writing mine, honest). Naturally, I heartily recommend this blog.

Last for now, but certainly not least, we have Divorce Law Journal by Diana L. Skaggs of Louisville, Kentucky. Leaving aside the colour/color scheme, I like this one a lot, and not just because Family Lore gets a mention. The blog is clearly aimed at lawyers rather than clients, containing detailed insights into recent developments, but nevertheless still has plenty to offer family lawyers outside the US.

6 comments:

  1. Interesting to get your perspective on this. I've also been surprised to find the English family law blogs are so much more casual.

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  2. Thank you for the kind words about me and my blog.

    From my experience writing my blog, I wonder if the difference comes from a comfortableness of writing. I am still trying to find the right voice for my blog between what I think fellow attorneys expect and what will not bore the general public.

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  3. Hi Sam,

    Yes, it can be a difficult balancing act. Of course, some blawgers don't have the problem as they aim squarely for either lawyers or the general public.

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  4. I started out with an old codger who warned me about hanging around the coffee shop across the street with other lawyers. Nowadays I am not so sure.

    I have been trying to split the difference between a lay readership (which is the majority) and lawyers (who seem to have no idea what a blog is about).

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  5. Me too. I don't really want to limit Family Lore just to one or the other, but looking around it seems that is how it is with most family law blogs, at least on this side of the pond.

    It is amazing how few lawyers are computer literate, let alone know what a blog is!

    Maybe you'll just have to limit the visits to the coffee shop!

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