Let’s talk family law!

June 13, 2016 4 comments

In the first instalment of a brand new series, Marilyn Stowe tackles the biggest news in UK family law this week. Topics include adultery in same-sex marriages, the grand finale of the epic Vince v Wyatt divorce, and Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption, unafraid to give an opinion. We hope you enjoy the video. We welcome feedback, and if you…

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McKenzie Friends ‘should be renamed’

June 13, 2016 9 comments

family law

McKenzie Friends should be renamed ‘supporters’ and banned from collecting fees, the Law Society and Bar Council have both claimed. In a joint response to a consultation on the future of these courtroom advisors, the two organisations claimed the current term risks confusing unrepresented litigants in person. The term actually originates in a 1970 divorce,…

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Should family lawyers specialise?

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June 13, 2016 0 comments

family law

Some aspiring lawyers know precisely what area of law is for them. Others, myself included, have a more open mind. Thus, in the early years of my career I tried my hand at most of the types of work carried out by the provincial ‘high street’ practice. I did a bit of residential conveyancing, a…

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Woman divorcing Saudi billionaire seeks more than £200 million

June 13, 2016 1 comment

finances and divorce

A former model divorcing a Saudi billionaire is seeking a settlement of more than £200 million, it has been reported. Christina Estrada, now 54, was married to Sheikh Walid Al-Juffali for 13 years, enjoying a highly affluent lifestyle, before her husband eventually pronounced a talaq (traditional Islamic divorce). The couple have one daughter. Estrada received…

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Care applications increase in May

June 13, 2016 1 comment

children, family law

The number of care applications in May rose by almost a quarter from the same month last year. Last month, Cafcass received 1,141 care applications, which represents a 23 per cent rise from the 925 it dealt with in May 2015. However, the number of applications dropped from the previous month when the organisation received…

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Why separation doesn’t work

June 13, 2016 8 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses why she doesn’t believe separation actually works. I do not like the concept of “separation”: when a couple agrees to live apart from one another for a temporary or extended period. I see…

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