One of the joys of running a blog is the regular stream of spam comments that wonderful people around the world (some of whom 'represent' serious law firms that I will not name, at least not at this stage) send you for your delectation. Now normally, to be honest, these comments are not things of great beauty and are therefore deleted, but last night I received one that I thought I would share with you. It is from 'Mark Martin', clearly a man of some genius, and is certainly the longest of its genre that I have yet had the pleasure to receive. It begins:
"Hey! Keep it up! You have such a wonderful and informative page. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with this issue. I'll be looking forward to be visiting this site again and for your other posts as well to keep updated."Thanks Mark for those kind words about my blog! OK, so there is nothing original about this, as any blogger will tell you. In fact, that is about where most spam comments end, but Mark has a lot more to say:
"In most jurisdictions, a divorce must be certified (or ordered by a Judge) by a court of law to come into effect. The terms of the divorce are usually determined by the courts, though they may take into account prenuptial agreements or post-nuptial agreements, or simply ratify terms that the spouses may have agreed to privately (this is not true in the United States, where agreements related to the marriage typically have to be rendered in writing to be enforceable). In absence of agreement, a contested divorce may be stressful to the spouses. Contested divorces mean that one of several issues are required to be heard by a judge at trial level—this is more expensive, and the parties will have to pay for a lawyer's time and preparation. Less adversarial approaches to divorce settlements have recently emerged, such as mediation and collaborative divorce settlement, which negotiate mutually acceptable resolution to conflicts. This principle in the United States is called 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' and continues to gain popularity."All of which is all very interesting, but then we finally reach the nub:
"The attorneys at [X] & [Y] utilize an aggressive approach, consistent with each client’s goals and resources. [X] & [Y] also employs contract investigators, attorneys, and experts to provide additional assistance to clients on an as-needed basis. These highly skilled professionals allow [X] & [Y] to provide comprehensive and timely legal services at a fraction of the cost of a large law firm."You disappoint me, Mark. There was I thinking that you had come on to my blog simply to tell me how great it was and to give me some (albeit unasked-for) advice about divorcing in the United States, and then it turns out that you're actually plugging some law firm! And why does it come as no surprise that they are a firm that "utilize an aggressive approach"?
Still, I suppose if I'm ever in the vicinity of [X] & [Y] and wanting a divorce, I'll know who not to instruct...