Could robot lawyers help you divorce?

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

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As artificial intelligence (AI) improves by leaps and bounds, more and more jobs traditionally done by humans appear to be at risk. The number of self-service checkouts in supermarkets and fast food restaurants is on the rise, deliveries are being done by drone and manufacturing is becoming increasingly robot-friendly. It doesn’t stop there. If a…

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Homemade separation agreements are a bad idea

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September 28, 2017 3 comments

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I recall when I was practising occasionally coming across cases where, prior to consulting solicitors, the husband and wife had drawn up a written agreement purporting to set out an agreed financial/property settlement between them. Naturally, the parties (or at least one of them), would believe that the agreement was enforceable, setting in stone the…

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The devastating effect of non-disclosure

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September 26, 2017 6 comments

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I have written here often about the duty of the parties to comply with the requirements of the court, and of the possible consequences if they do not. I have done so primarily to provide some basic advice to parties to family litigation, particularly those who do not have the benefit of legal assistance. Sadly,…

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The return of acrimony to divorce proceedings

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June 7, 2017 1 comment

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I suppose it was inevitable. It has been reported that divorce petitions based upon ‘unreasonable behaviour’ are being drafted with far more acrimonious allegations, following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Owen v Owens in March this year. To recap from the beginning, if a person wishes to commence divorce proceedings before they have been…

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