Marilyn Stowe in the Daily Mail: Divorce D-Day

December 31, 2013 13 comments

The following is an edited extract of an article by journalist  Deni Kirkova which appeared in the Daily Mail earlier this week: January is the busiest month for enquiries, with 30 per cent more enquiries than the second busiest month of the year – and that number has grown year on year. A study found that almost…

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MPs back proposed domestic violence law

December 31, 2013 38 comments

A draft bill which would make domestic abuse a defined offence for the first time has attracted widespread support from MPs. Currently, domestic abusers can only be prosecuted for specific offences such as assault or rape, a restriction which means patterns of behaviour over a period of time are rarely taken into account when sentencing….

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Reflections on 2013 (part two)

December 31, 2013 16 comments

In the second of a two part feature, professionals from Stowe Family Law LLP reflect on significant developments in family law during 2013. Hayley Crossman The Children and Families Bill 2013 has been a key element of family law this year.  The Bill seeks to put in place many of the recommendations made in 2011…

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Reflections on 2013 (part one)

December 30, 2013 22 comments

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In the first of a two part feature, solicitors from Stowe Family Law LLP reflect on significant developments in family law during 2013. Mark Christie On 1 April 2013 the Government removed legal aid for the majority of private family law cases. At a stroke, legal aid was no longer available for divorce and separation,…

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One million visitors & the popular posts of 2013

December 29, 2013 0 comments

Here on the Marilyn Stowe Family Law & Divorce Blog, 2013 has been a bumper year. I am delighted to report that this month we reached a significant milestone: one million visitors and counting. Not bad for a law blog – or indeed, for any blog! I would like to thank everybody who has contributed…

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When you know that it‘s over

December 28, 2013 0 comments

This is an amended extract from my latest book, Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice From a Top Divorce Lawyer. Checklist You know you’re done when: You want out of your marriage or relationship because the thought of spending the rest of your life with your current partner makes you shudder. You may or may not have…

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Costs questions to ask at the first appointment (book extract)

December 27, 2013 1 comment

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This is an amended extract from my latest book, Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice From a Top Divorce Lawyer. The Law Society requires solicitors to inform clients about likely legal costs before the first appointment. Ensure that you are aware of your solicitor’s charge-out rate. Do not presume that your first appointment is free, unless this has been…

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Life touches us all

December 25, 2013 6 comments

Are you the sort of person who believes a glass is half full, not half empty? Do you refuse to give in when faced with a situation that looks as bleak as can be? Do you tell yourself, there has to be a way forward, and try, against all the odds, to find that way?…

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Eight year-old cancer victim given the all clear

December 24, 2013 1 comment

Eight year-old cancer victim Neon Roberts has been given the all-clear by doctors a year after his mother fled to avoid radiotherapy. Neon had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. His mother Sally ran away with her son when doctors said he needed on a second operation and radiation treatment, believing the procedure would be…

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