‘Coercive control’ law comes into force

December 29, 2015 4 comments

family law

A law which criminalises non-violent forms of domestic abuse has now come into force. The law targets those who use emotional and psychological methods to affect the behaviour of spouses, partners and family members. This ‘coercive control’ can range from threats and intimidation to humiliation, but stops short of physical violence. It also includes controlling…

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Government rejects marriage certificate change

December 29, 2015 1 comment

marriage

The government has rejected calls to amend the information included on marriage certificates. Labour MP Christina Rees has proposed a law which would create room for the bride and groom’s mothers to have their name and occupation listed. The current certificates have been branded as ‘sexist’ because they only feature the fathers’ information. Rees claimed…

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The top seven divorce myths

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December 28, 2015 3 comments

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I started my career at Stowe Family Law as a trainee solicitor this time last year. Having now been at the firm for a full 12 months, I have been able to gain a wealth of experience by working closely with my colleagues on their cases and meeting with clients on a daily basis. Christmas…

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Separated at Christmas?

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December 27, 2015 9 comments

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Consider this: Dear Santa My name is Holly and I am 7. This year I would like a Karaoke machine. I would also like Disney Infinity for the Xbox but most of all I want mummy to stop crying and daddy to stop shouting. I don’t think they like each other anymore and that makes…

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Christmas, men and women

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December 26, 2015 3 comments

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For Boxing Day, we present something from the archives: an article from way back in 2009 in which Marilyn pondered the differences between the typical male and female approaches to Christmas… Yesterday morning my husband was reading the papers over a breakfast cup of coffee. He looked out into the garden. Our two giant Briard…

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Unexpected reasons for divorce in India

December 24, 2015 0 comments

India, family law

From appearances to differing opinions, couples sometimes cite unusual reasons for seeking a divorce in India, lawyers have recalled. One couple who had undergone an arranged marriage in 2013 thought they had “almost a perfect match” at first, according to an advocate (lawyer) from the northern city of Ghaziabad. However, things began to unravel during…

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