Government announces funding for 'divorce app'

Government ministers have announced that they’d like separating couples to use a ‘divorce app’ in an effort to help them separate more amicably. The web-based application would be designed to give guidance on a wide range of issues that often crop up during acrimonious divorces, including advice on how to avoid arguing in front of […]

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A chance to reflect on family values?

A senior Church of England bishop has called for Britain to use the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as an opportunity to step back and reflect on family values. The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, has warned that separation and divorce are now at “epidemic” levels. Writing in a Bible Society pamphlet, he said that […]

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Collaborative law goes from strength to strength

We’re pleased to be able to report that the number of collaborative lawyers in the UK has risen yet again, according to recently released figures. When collaborative family law was introduced from the United States in 2003, there were just 3 family lawyers using the collaborative approach in the United Kingdom. This figure has grown […]

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Taylor Bracewell form alliance with Dovetail

Taylor Bracewell, one of the few firms based in South Yorkshire, has formed a new alliance with Dovetail Solutions. Taylor Bracewell’s Alison Straw is a specialist collaborative family lawyer with 22 years of experience and has pioneered the collaborative way of working in Doncaster and the surrounding areas. One of the first solicitors in South […]

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Senior judge says hourly billing for legal fees must end

The UK’s second most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, has said that the practice of huge hourly rates charged by solicitors should end because they reward inefficiency. According to Lord Neuberger who is Master of the Rolls, there is an urgent need for an alternative to hourly charges for legal work. Fixed charges for legal work […]

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Children and Families Bill set out in the Queen's Speech

The new Children and Families Bill was announced last week in the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament. Measures included in the bill plan to allow parents to share parental leave, make inter-racial adoption easier and, crucially, to improve fathers’ access to their children after divorce. A number of recommendations included in the […]

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What is Resolution?

Dovetail Divorce are members of Resolution; an organisation that has proved invaluable in helping to support and promote the work of collaborative family lawyers. Here’s a little more information on Resolution and the important work they do. Resolution is an organisation of 5700 lawyers which was formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association. Lawyers […]

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Marriage Foundation launched today

The Marriage Foundation launched by High Court family judge, Sir Paul Coleridge, officially starts work today to promote marriage and warn of the devastating consequences of family breakdown. Sadly Britain is blighted by high divorce rates and a resulting erosion of marriage. In 2010, 241,000 couples got married in England and Wales (this figure is […]

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Divorce rates rise amongst the over 60s

Recent figures show a significant rise in the number of people aged over 60 who are filing for divorce. The boom in ‘silver separations’ as over 60s divorce is rapidly becoming known, is the only age group where the divorce rate is rising. Sadly when many couples reach retirement age, without having the structure and […]

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