There has been some interesting research carried out recently into the likelihood of second marriages proving more successful than first marriages. Is it a case of just liking wedding cake, or do those of us who try again have more chance of success the second time around?
Can I represent myself at court? Implications of the withdrawal of Legal Aid
Today is the first day for the withdrawal of Public Funding (Legal Aid) for a whole raft of cases, including Family Law.
Couples who divorce will now not have access to legal advice for questions of property division and children arrangements, unless there has been domestic violence in the relationship. Parents of children who are separated will no longer have access to legal advice if one parent refuses to allow the other to see the child. Again if there is evidence of domestic violence, public funding is still available.
So, what does the future hold for those people? How will lack of access to legal advice affect them?
Recent research carried out by the Marriage Foundation www.marriagefoundation.org.uk has thrown an interesting light on the time when marriages are under most pressure and at risk of breakdown.
According to their report, half of all divorces currently take place within the first decade of marriage, with the riskiest period being three to six years after the marriage. So much for the "Seven Year Itch."
Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, has this morning issued a strong warning about the impossible situation that many people will be in once Legal Aid is withdrawn for family law, employment law, welfare rights and housing.
About time! But sadly too late.
Legal Aid lawyers fought these proposals tooth and nail when they were going through Parliament, but there was very little by way of endorsement from many sections of the judiciary, or none that made the news at any rate. You may recall that there was a lot of noise about the rape issue with Ken Clarke making some ill –advised comments about the seriousness of some allegations, which distracted attention from the devastation of the proposed cuts. Coincidence? Hmm ...
Much of the news today has concentrated on the complaints made by clients to the Legal Ombudsman about the level of costs in a divorce. The full report is an interesting read (yes, really, have a look!) at