Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Family Law Blog Roundup


I thought I would have a look at what other family law bloggers are saying - I haven't done one of these posts for many a long day, so it's about time I rectified that. Note that I am confining this post to family law blogs relating to the law in England and Wales.

The offending article
Substantial posts have been a bit thin on the ground recently from Lucy Reed at Pink Tape (although I understand from her Twitter account that one might be in the pipeline) - no doubt Lucy would say that important things like earning a living have got in the way of blogging, but I don't believe that for a minute. After all, she is one of those fat cat legal aid lawyers that the better-informed members of the public are always moaning about. Last night Lucy did give us a short post about how her husband had put a heart-shaped cheese in her lunch-box yesterday (something to do with Valentine's Day). However, that only left me feeling nauseous, and not just because of the Edam cheese.

New boy on the family law blogging block Jonathan James also blogs about non-family matters, but he did recently give us this post, in which he considers the government's proposals to charge for using the child support/maintenance system, and suggests that Ministers may be ignorant of how we came to have the CSA in the first place.

Andrew Woolley is never short of an opinion, and recently he advised against DIY divorce. He says:
"When your car breaks down, most people will not go online to buy a standard repairs pack and then fit the bits themselves in the hope that everything will be fine."
Now, as the Director of a firm of specialist family lawyers you would expect him to say that, but I'm sure Andrew is sincere in his view. Needless to say, I beg to differ, at least so far as more straightforward cases are concerned.

Someone else who I am sure would differ is Mark Keenan, founder and CEO of Divorce-Online, the first online divorce service in Europe. Mark regularly posts on Divorce-Online's blog, usually about some divorce-related news item, often about something amusing. An example of the latter is this divorce joke that he gave us recently. Hmm, don't give up the day job, Mark!

A new office...
Marilyn Stowe continues to give us high-quality posts on serious matters of family law, whilst simultaneously running a busy firm (including recently opening a new London office) and regularly appearing in and writing for the media. She also finds time for other things, such as joining the Law Commission advisory group that will be considering nuptial agreements and more. But Marilyn doesn't just blog about serious legal matters. What makes her blog stand out is that she also writes about personal and family matters, such as this recent post.

Moving on, Judith Middleton, now with Macks Solicitors, continues to blog in her own unique and amusing way. Often, her posts start off about something quite unconnected with family law, but Judith's mind does not always follow mundane conventional paths, and she sees connections where others may not. A nice example was this post, about the elusive Higgs Boson.

She may not be a practising lawyer, but my fellow LoreCaster Natasha Phillips is well worth a read at her blog Researching Reform. To quote Natasha:
"I write about the family justice system’s flaws and in seeking out and exposing those flaws, I also try to find solutions. And all the while the welfare of the child is central to everything Researching Reform does."
Natasha has recently written a post about an Australian initiative on family violence and regularly writes Question It! posts, in which she invites readers to give their opinions upon some topical issue.

Finally (and apologies for missing out other family law blogs - there's only so much you can fit in one post!), we come to two blogs that are looking somewhat unloved, one particularly so. Firstly, Confessions of a Family Lawyer, which has not been graced with a post since the 3rd of January, and secondly the even sadder case of Bloody Relations, which has only had one brief post in a year! Come back, Coafl and Jacquig, all is forgiven!

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