Thursday, 22 May 2008


Lawyers are invariably consulted regarding the small print in documents especially when clients have signed a piece of paper without reading its contents and regrettably it returns to bite them later. In the family law context, however, it is rare for solicitors to have this problem as the English divorce laws fail to recognise contracts such as pre-nuptial agreements.

Once upon a time or was it yesterday, I had a nightmare of a day with clients continuously enquiring about a new law that excludes men from the upbringing of their children. Imagine, I had distraught fathers on the telephone and implacably hostile mothers queuing up to make appointments. Worse still, for the first hour I had no idea what anyone was talking about. I know that the Government seems to be constantly sneaking in pieces of legislation without notice but to have been given no warning at all?

Then it twigged. Just like contracts, clients had been ignoring the small print and reading the headlines only, for which see the photograph above.


Fiona said...

That's made me smile. The problem is even when we do read he small print newspapers so often don't get it right so we're none the wiser anyway.

Cole said...

In society today, the tendency is for parents to fight for custody, rather than for time with their children. While those two things should be complementary to each other, we generally see what you are talking about here. The parents are fighting with one another, without consideration of the small print, or the small people.

Phattone said...

Thankful as a divorced dad of two I have a full role in my children's up bringing although I miss them terribly when they are with their mum. The divorce was fairly painless in terms of stress with the children as both parties put them first.

I am glad that I had good legal advice from the team at Stone King in Bath they really helped. I would have got myself in a pickle with the post divorce finances if it hadn't been for their suggestion to get a financal clean break agreement. That agreement has made the post divorce relations must easier.

Divorce Solicitors Bath

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