Although many people understand the advisability of entering into either a pre-nuptial contract or even a pre-cohabitation contract, one of the factors that mitigates against following this sensible route is that it is difficult to imagine anything less romantic than advising your future loved one that before anything else happens a legal contract needs to be entered into.
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I wasn't sure what I hoped to learn by watching the first television debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. As the programme wore on and the tone of both participants became more strident, I recognised an undeniable parallel between the work that family lawyers do on a day-to-day basis and the situation that faces the country.
At a recent business dinner, conversation turned to how much we all use email – some people can't live without it and others hate it and the fact that it follows them around 24 hours a day. The view was expressed that younger solicitors in particular tend to resist making a phone call unless they absolutely have to.
In the course of the last year, my colleague in the Family Team, Alexis Harper, has spent probably as much time in the evenings and weekends on work associated with her role as a bridesmaid as she has in the office dealing with divorces and separations. She takes her role as bridesmaid seriously. As to whether she should give up the day job, you'd have to ask the brides involved.
This time of year can be really hard for children whose parents have separated. It is not their fault and they are caught in the middle. Parents owe it to their children to try and sort something out and for most children the best present would be seeing both their parents at some time at Christmas.