Representing yourself in Family Court: a survival guide

The Family Justice Council recently launched another free online video. This one gives general guidance about what to expect if you’re representing yourself in Family Court in England and Wales. The video is just for guidance, and isn’t a substitute for specific legal advice, which you should always take if you can.

Filling in Form E in divorce proceedings

Filling in your Financial Statement (Form E) in divorce proceedings can be daunting, even if you don’t have a lot of money, or other assets. The Family Justice Council has just launched a new video to help you with this, available online on the Advice Now website, where there is also written guidance on how to fill in Form E.

The video is free to view, and gives lots of practical information about how to complete Form E. However, this help is not the same as legal advice. It’s always best to see a family solicitor if you’re divorcing, so that you can get specific advice about your individual circumstances.

Government launches pensions website

The Government has launched a free and impartial service to help you understand your new pension options. It’s explicitly non-advisory; although it can put you in touch with a guidance specialist, this is just to give out information rather than to give specific advice.

85% of women “fail to consider pension savings in divorce settlements”

Nicola Blackmore, writing in the Telegraph, reveals that 85% of divorcing women fail to consider pensions in divorce settlements, even though 42% of marriages now end in divorce.

The number of solicitors continues to creep up

Recent figures from the SRA show that there are now over 130,000 solicitors in England and Wales — even though at the beginning of the last Parliament the number was already growing at four times the rate of the population.


Spring is here, and it’s time for a new server

I’ve recently moved to as my server. Sorry for the absence of links and papers which I know previous visitors have used; over the course of the next few days, I’ll be reposting some information, and adding some new details, too. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch, or follow me using the button on your right.