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.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Domestic Forum Shopping?

Pannones, the Manchester law firm, have carried out research to confirm that regional variance in divorce awards does exist, according to a piece in The Times.

The research trawled 1,500 cases handled by its own lawyers since 2007 and also drew on findings from divorce lawyers at 20 roadshows in England and Wales, where Andrew Newbury, a matrimonial partner at the firm, a hypothetical divorce. He concluded

"There was a very clear difference. Generally in the North judges tended to favour a clean break or limited maintenance, taking the view that the wife could stand on her own two feet.”

but added that this was not because judges are making incorrect rulings but becasue of the wide discretion they enjoy.

The full story can be found on the The Times website.

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