My Post of the Month for May is No Apologist, by Lucy Reed at Pink Tape. The post reflects my own feelings about the family justice system (although I could not possibly express them so eloquently). I am also no apologist for the system, but all too often I find myself defending it against what I (in rather less conciliatory terms than Lucy) like to call the hysterical anti-family-justice-system brigade, rather than engaging in constructive criticism.
In particular, Lucy hits the nail on the head when she says: "I don’t accept bogus arguments that lawyers are part of some corrupt system or conspiracy." I have heard this sort of nonsense expressed or implied on so many occasions since I started writing this blog that, quite frankly, I am bored with responding to it.
Lucy sets out her own criticisms of the system with which, as she says, most family lawyers would agree. I'm sure she's right, although I would also add other reforms that I would like to see, such as true no-fault divorce, clearer rules to determine financial settlements on divorce and property rights for cohabitees.