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Terms are the same however we sugar coat them

15 January 2014

Solicitors and law practitioners learn
through experience what trigger words to avoid, or at least to be careful with, when dealing with anxious and sometimes volatile clients.

Family law is an area where emotions are often understandably raw. Language must be chosen wisely. Calm heads are needed to achieve the best solution for a child caught up in a break-up. We sometimes
find ourselves reaching for
softer, neutral, passive, less inflammatory words, to calm
a client.

Since the Children Act 1989 came into force in 1991, the court has dealt with arrangements for children caught up in a divorce. Now, the wide-ranging Children and Families Bill currently under consultation will change the language and arguably the approach of the courts to dealing with disputes concerning
children. It will effectively rebrand aspects of family justice to soften the language.

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