A week in family law: marriage, divorce and more

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April 29, 2016 0 comments

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It’s been a busy week for family law news, with stories ranging from marriage to divorce, and beyond. Here are the highlights. The first two stories emanated from Resolution, the association of family lawyers, which held its annual conference in Gateshead last weekend: Firstly, Nigel Shepherd, the association’s new national chair, used his first speech…

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Husband collapses in court during divorce hearing

April 27, 2016 1 comment

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A divorce hearing between an Egyptian couple came to an abrupt end when the man collapsed from a heart attack. His wife had demanded a divorce, claiming her husband was mean with money despite owning a chain of furniture shops. At a hearing in Cairo, the judge had just asked the mother of four to…

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Gary Lineker and the cost of divorce

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April 26, 2016 33 comments

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Cheeky Chappy, Jack the Lad, potato crisp promoter and everybody’s best friend, BBC Sports presenter Gary Lineker has been making headlines recently and not just for his pledge to present Match of the Day in his underpants if Leicester City win the Premier League this season. No, the Lineker-related news item that grabbed my attention…

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Saudi man refuses to divorce wife from different clan

April 25, 2016 1 comment

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A Saudi husband has appealed a judge’s order that he divorce his wife because she is from a different clan. Traditional clans or tribes still influence Saudi Arabian society. The soldier, a member of the Al-Qarni tribe, married a woman from the Al-Tamimi clan. But her uncles subsequently filed a lawsuit, claiming that the latter…

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Veteran actors in new divorce comedy

April 24, 2016 0 comments

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Veteran actors Debra Winger and Tracy Letts are to star in a forthcoming comedy about a divorcing couple. The Lovers, scheduled to begin filming next month, tells the story of Michael and Mary, whose marriage has gone sour. They both have taken lovers and plan to divorce each other. But when they sit down to…

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Australian divorce ‘top up’ rejected

April 18, 2016 4 comments

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The Court of Appeal has rejected a wife’s bid for a larger settlement following her Australian divorce. The wife had claimed that she had been left in a “precarious” financial position after she divorced her husband, a barrister who worked in London. When the couple divorced in Australia, the husband was ordered to pay his…

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Divorce and the danger of false hope

April 18, 2016 2 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 talks about the different kinds of divorce and how dangerous it can sometimes be to hold out hope for reconciliation. In human and emotional terms, divorce cases can be divided up into three categories: amicable,…

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