About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Full service restored

I hope Family Law Week’s blog readers have been able to take advantage of the natural hiatus of Christmas and New Year to take some time off and get a proper break. I have to admit that the postings on the blog have been a little thin owing to my own absence in another jurisdiction. However, I am ever alert to family law issues, even on holiday, and was interested to read that in Australia, as in the UK (see this post on the Editorial blog ), the festive season is usually break rather than make for many struggling relationships. About 10 -20% of divorces in Australia are instigated in January or at least investigated (through an initial lawyer appointment – the peak month for issue is May), brought on no doubt by close proximity and the contrast between the fantasy of Christmas versus its reality. Just as in the UK there was much news coverage of D-Day as the Monday of the first full week back in the office after the Christmas break is known. Australian popstar Natalie Imbruglia led the trend announcing her prospective divorce on January 4th.

The trouble is, of course, that this is not altogether unwelcome news for family lawyers. Happy New Year, here’s my card ...

PS In my catching up on legal news, I was shocked to read about the Medley divorce case the Times of the iniquity of one man in Yorkshire in the throes of a marriage breakdown and which David Chaplin commented on in an earlier post . His wife, on discovering that the family home was in danger of repossession sold his personalised numberplate from the Ferrari. His revenge was to take and destroy one shoe from every pair she owned and destroy a large quantity of her clothes. And he had the cheek to appeal against his conviction for criminal damage. If he came up in front of me on a charge of messing with a woman’s shoes he would be lucky to escape with his life.

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