Not all change is seismic; sometimes it’s more subtle. Even in bread-and-butter areas of family law like divorce and children matters, there are constant challenges to the status quo. Vardags has been at the vanguard of family law reform, especially back in 2010 when the firm’s president and founder, Ayesha Vardag, won the landmark case of Radmacher v Granatino in the Supreme Court, heralding the start of a new era of challenges to the family courts’ famously wide discretion. With the Law Commission also in favour of marital agreements, the weight that can be given to them post-Radmacher is likely to become black letter law.
Because family law is enjoying such exciting times, with core issues in a constant state of flux, Vardags has decided to develop a platform where we can discuss and share them. We want to put our wealth of authoritative opinion to good use. But, unlike other family law news sites we’re not aiming it solely at other lawyers. We hope they might be interested in reading, sharing and even contributing, of course. But we want to aim a bit – if not higher – then wider; to be a trusty resource for information and discussion on all those things that affect most people’s lives ‘frequently and deeply.’
There will be commentary on recent developments in family law and hot topics from experts in their fields. There will be in-depth, but light-hearted interviews with family law professionals. These might be of real interest to students or aspiring lawyers seeking some insight into what day to day life is like on the inside and how they got to where they are.
As we build it up, there will be some fun content in the celebrity divorce section, not least because the relationship nuances of the ‘great and good’ inevitably has an impact on many people’s understanding of relationships, whether we want to admit that or not. Also because their choices can be surprisingly prophetic. Many would laugh at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s ‘conscious uncoupling’ and ‘co-parenting’, balking at the language; yet in reality a more balanced, less acrimonious way of resolving family disputes may be where the future is taking us, and so much the better.
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.