Friday, June 20, 2014

There's more to life than football

As the cliché goes, it's not the despair but the hope that kills you. No, I'm not referring to the latest shambolic showing by our shower of over-paid ball-kickers, but rather to the reform of the our family justice laws. So much is in need of updating, such as bringing in no-fault divorce and giving property rights to cohabitants. In both cases we have had our hopes raised by parliamentary initiatives, only to have them dashed by parliamentary incompetence and indecision.

Well, Baroness Deech is obviously not prepared to sit on the bench and wait for government to act. She has introduced her own private members' bill aimed at reforming the law on finances and divorce. Her Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill is the subject of my Wednesday post on Marilyn Stowe's Family Law & Divorce Blog.

The recent case of A (A Child) was apparently described by Mr Justice Moylan as the longest dispute of its kind that he had encountered during his years as a judge and barrister. In my post on Tuesday I set out some of my thoughts on when children disputes go wrong.

Lastly, I have finally gotten around to doing something I have been wanting to do for a long while: writing an occasional series of posts about important family law cases of the past. I kicked off the series on Monday with a post on Wachtel v Wachtel and followed this up yesterday with another, featuring Richards v Richards.

And with that another season week comes to an end or, to put it another way, they thought it was all over... and they were right. Or something.

Have a good weekend.

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