Editorial Commentary

Welcome to the view from London, aka the “divorce capital of the world.” It’s a label that provokes as much bad press as good. Sometimes it’s accusatory. But the fact is, it’s a feather in our cap for family lawyers in London. It’s a testament to the English courts’ reputation for fairness, for being incorruptible, that so many people want in.

It’s also testament to our great culture of healthy debate and inquisitive journalism that family law issues receive such attention in the press and on broadcast media. Our lawyers – including president Ayesha Vardag, managing director Catherine Thomas and divorce finance expert Stephen Bence have all been called to give comment in the national press, glossy magazines and even dropped by the studios of the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to be quizzed on the latest developments. There’s a respect for authoritative opinion.

As the marital landscape is being rewritten all over the world – even as Vardags the law practice is expanding its presence in the Middle East, a move that The Times has referred to as ‘climactic’ and leading counsel has characterised as a bid for ‘world domination’ – we aim to chart that rewriting with Vardags Family Law News. We hope to make it interactive and modern while being rigorous and edifying, perhaps on occasion even controversial. We hope you’ll bear with us as we continue to build and, with any luck, hit our stride.

How a child contact application became a battle over transgender rights
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How a child contact application became a battle over transgender rights By Thea Dunne

After a prolonged custody battle, the High Court finally announced its verdict on a landmark physical custody case that has since captivated the media and legal community.

Unexpected, inexplicable, unfair, and improper: wills and mental incapacity
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Unexpected, inexplicable, unfair, and improper: wills and mental incapacity By Thea Dunne

The Clinton health conspiracies have been a remarkable demonstration of the joy people take in pathologising the frailties of others.

The danger of DIY divorce
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The danger of DIY divorce By Thea Dunne

With divorce as with all other aspects of modern life, people are increasingly turning to online services.

The fate of Prince’s estate: a cautionary tale about dying intestate
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The fate of Prince’s estate: a cautionary tale about dying intestate By Maire Connor

A week ago, the family of late superstar Prince bid their final farewells in a private ceremony in the singer’s native Minneapolis. Sadly, this is unlikely to bring his loved ones much closure -according to papers filed by his sister Tyka Nelson, Prince died without executing a will, and the fate of his fortune will likely… Read more »

Is blood thicker than water? The failure of special guardianship orders
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Is blood thicker than water? The failure of special guardianship orders By Anna Delves

In 2005 the government amended the 1989 Child Act to add in provisions for the families of children whose parents were no longer able to care for them, for whatever reason. Unlike fostering or adoption, this allowed the children to remain resident with members of their biological family as relatives could apply for a special… Read more »