Domestic abuse, coercive control and unchallenged divorce

November 24, 2014 5 comments

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Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the government’s plans to criminalise domestic abuse this week, according to reports. The new offense would add “coercive control” to the definition of abuse. This means that if someone tries to manipulate their partner by threatening them, or putting restrictions on their personal or financial freedom, they could be…

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Marilyn Stowe on Sky News: the impact of divorce

November 24, 2014 0 comments

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Earlier today, I appeared on Sky News to discuss the impact of divorce. I was interviewed by legendary presenter Dermot Murnaghan and we had a lively conversation. The appearance was prompted by a new study by family law organisation Resolution. It found that 65 per cent of young people aged 14 to 22 believe their…

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Fair divorce settlements: our top ten tips

November 21, 2014 0 comments

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Here at Stowe Family Law, every solicitors works hard to ensure that those clients enduring the turmoil of divorce and separation achieve the best possible outcome. Many such clients feel helpless, a victim of the circumstances in which they suddenly find themselves and part of our role as divorce lawyers is to offer clear guidance…

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Dramatic rise in over-60 divorce

November 20, 2014 0 comments

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The number divorces involving people aged 60 and over has risen dramatically in the last decade. According to a report by think tank the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK), there was an 85 per cent rise in so-called ‘grey divorce’ between 1990 and 2012. The numbers of such “silver separators” would continue to rise, they…

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Marilyn on overseas divorce, featuring Julian Hawkhead

November 17, 2014 1 comment

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In my latest video post, I am once again joined by the Managing Partner of Stowe Family Law’s Leeds office, Julian Hawkhead. This week, we discuss the key issues and pitfalls to look out for when a marriage breaks down abroad. Few people give sufficient attention to the legal consequences of moving abroad. If they…

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Love, marriage and divorce in London: a map

November 15, 2014 0 comments

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An interesting set of infographics based on ‘data maps’ of London reveals an entirely different view of human relationships in the capital. Geographer Dr James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, a visual designer, describe their new book – London: The Information Capital – not as an atlas, but a series of ‘data portraits’. Their relationship status infographics…

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US wife awarded almost $1 billion in divorce

November 12, 2014 0 comments

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The ex-wife of a US oil magnate has been awarded almost $1 billion in a divorce settlement. CEO of Oklahoma-based oil company Continental Resources Harold Hamm was ordered to pay his former spouse Sue Ann Hamm $322.7 million by the end of the year. He was also told to pay her a minimum of $7…

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Age gaps increase the chance of divorce

November 10, 2014 1 comment

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Married couples who are closer to each other in age are less likely to divorce, newly published data suggests. Scientist Randal Olson analysed data from an earlier study by Emory University researchers Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon. This polled 3,000 married couples in the US, examining the relationship between the amount of money spent on…

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WhatsApp divorce on the rise in Italy

November 10, 2014 0 comments

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Forty per cent of Italian divorce applications involving adultery now cite evidence gathered from instant messaging service WhatsApp. This popular mobile app allows users to send messages to each other over the internet rather than phone networks. The president of the Italian Association of Matrimonial Lawyers Gian Ettore Gassani claims that the service has fuelled…

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Getting divorced: a user’s guide

November 4, 2014 1 comment

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So you’re getting divorced. Quite how you feel about that prospect will, of course, depend on the circumstances. Are you divorcing your spouse or being divorced by them? No one likes to feel like a victim of circumstances we cannot control – that is one of the worst sources of stress that life can throw…

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