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Toddler removed from mother to protect her from father

December 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

A young mother who has already lost two children has now had her third taken into care to protect her from the father. Her first child died from pneumonia and the second in uncertain circumstances while being looked after by the father. In September last year, the couple’s third child, a girl referred to as…

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Inequality of arms in a post-legal aid world

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December 13, 2017 7 comments

family law

I nearly deleted the email. Greeted with it in my inbox early last Saturday morning, my still sleepy brain couldn’t initially make sense of it. It seemed to be just another spam email from some stranger, of the type that I receive all the time, and I automatically hovered over the ‘trash’ button. But then…

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Scottish divorce law ‘leaves wives worse off’

December 13, 2017 4 comments

finances and divorce

Differences between Scottish and English divorce law can leave wives worse off according to a legal organisation. Consensus Collaboration Scotland is a north-of-the-border network of lawyers and financial experts working to promote alternatives to the courtroom for divorces and family disputes. Speaking to Scottish newspaper The Herald, member Denise Laverty noted that: “One of the…

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The reality of domestic abuse

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December 12, 2017 5 comments

family life

A picture of life on the ‘front line’ I suspect that most people who have not suffered or witnessed it would have only a vague idea of the reality of domestic abuse. That is understandable. I thought that as a solicitor who practised family law for about a quarter of a century I would have…

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Men vs divorce

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December 9, 2017 1 comment

divorce

If divorce rivals bereavement and moving house as one of the most stressful events that life can throw at us, are there any differences in the way men and women respond to this upheaval? The traditional, stereotypical view of divorce went something like this: a devoted, stay-at-home mother is devastated to find that her caddish,…

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