DIY Divorce

English laws allow you to DIY divorce. If you want to do the divorce on your own without getting a solicitor involved it is possible. You can represent yourself in court like any other legal proceedings when it comes to divorce. There are some steps to follow to ensure you are able to represent yourself in the divorce court.

It is necessary to visit your local county court and fill out the necessary forms stating you are representing yourself should there need to be a court appearance for your divorce. Court staff members are unable to provide you with legal advice. It means you should take the time to learn how to represent yourself regarding your divorce issues. You also have to accept responsibility should things not go your way in the proceedings whether it is due to lack of experience or any other reason.

You can equate your own DIY divorce concept to that of working on your own car. You are responsible if there is an issue, and it certainly takes time to learn how to represent yourself appropriately in a court of law.

One of the main things about DIY divorce is that you have to leave the emotion out of your litigation. It can be difficult to stand back and survey the situation; however, this is exactly what you must do. You must be impartial and objective in order to find a satisfactory result.

Adultery is a good example of when it can be hard to leave emotions behind. The wronged person may want to name the parties responsible in the divorce petition. They may also assume the court will side with them when adultery is clearly evident. This is not always the case. You have to be dispassionate if you intend on representing yourself in court.

It is possible for you to represent yourself. You can also download the necessary divorce forms online and fill them out to start the proceedings. The process in representing yourself for the divorce is as follows:

You need to obtain the decree absolute meaning the divorce decree stating you are starting the process of divorce. This decree ensures that both parties can remarry later on if either wishes to. The second part of the process is any property disputes. The marital assets need to be divided up accordingly by UK law, which is why the courts may require an appearance by both spouses. If there are children then the divorce needs to be involved regarding proper care especially if both parents cannot agree on custody, residence, and care. It is these second two aspects of the proceedings that often require a professional solicitor rather than a DIY divorce situation to ensure proper fairness.

Are new Twitter Abuse Laws Needed?

Recently a call for new Twitter abuse laws have been published everywhere. It has raised the question as to whether new laws are actually needed or if it is just public opinion requesting a change. The Association of Chief Police Officers or ACPO recently rtwitter-bird-light-bgsejected the request that new laws be made to govern Twitter abuse.

A high profile case in the UK provided one of the main requests that new laws should be put into effect. The case came about regarding the Olympics. Diver Tom Daley and Bolton Wanders have asked authorities to crack down on abuse published on Twitter. Fabrice Muamba also requested that authorities start to involve themselves in the policy creation for Twitter.

Mr. Hyde spoke on BBC regarding the call for action. He stated that police can become involved in internet situations when a person’s life has been made miserable. He further stated that in the most recent cases Twitter has actually followed their policy regarding abuse removing the offensive posts on their own. It means that Twitter has taken action to stop the abuse before the police can get involved. Since Twitter is so active in their abuse policy making certain it stops, it means the police do not need to be involved. New legislation is not needed.

Already the UK has the Malicious Communications Acts of 98 and 2003. These laws were made in an effort to provide a way for sites to ensure no abuse is left untouched. The legislation had to deal with upcoming and new technology. Given that it has fulfilled that purpose it means sites like Twitter are able to handle their own issues like abuse without the need for further legislation.

twitter-logotypeIt is a common sense situation according to those involved in creating the new laws when needed. Yes, there can be offense. Someone’s life can be miserable after Twitter abuse and police should step in if the online policy does not stop the issue. In most cases though Twitter has been able to remove the offensive posts and stop the user from continuing.

The police do not deny that Twitter abuse in terms of scale is huge. It is certainly something that needs to be controlled. Police are dealing with many different issues including technology breaches. Police have many cases to solve including identity theft and fraud. If they are pushed to deal with all instances of stupidity relating to abusive posts on Twitter it would really create an issue for solving important cases. The police have stated they are going to deal with criminal offences. They will take any reports and evidence an affected individual wishes to provide and when action is needed they will take it, but for now Twitter is handling the majority of abuse situations.

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The areas of law that interest me the most are employment and trademark. Mainly because they can both be pretty litigious and I like a good argument! Also, some areas of law rely too much on the heart (especially when it comes to family law and immigration). I ended up in a conversation with two lawyers over the weekend who were discussing (in a somewhat sexist way) that women were better at law where matters of emotional dispute were involved. I can kinda see their point, there were more female family lawyers than male where I last worked. Nevertheless I think that people all have different skills and some women (like me) don't want to be getting involved in "who gets the dog/dinner service/couch".

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