Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson is a journalist with an interest in legal matters. He has edited the Marilyn Stowe Blog since August 2012.

Can divorce really be genetic?

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October 10, 2017 4 comments

family life

According to a number of sociological studies the children of divorced parents are more likely than their peers to get divorced themselves in later life – and that’s really no surprise. We learn a lot from our mothers and fathers – more than we’re consciously aware of – and that can include negatives: how not…

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Iceland asks: what’s in a name?

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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Inhabitants of the isolated North Atlantic nation of Iceland have begun t to chafe against strict rules on what they can and can’t name their children. An official government organisation – the Mannanafnanefnd (|Personal Names Committee) – has specified the names which Icelandic parents may give their children since 1991. Staffed by three academics, the…

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May to September: older wives & younger husbands

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May 10, 2017 3 comments

family law

So, félicitations are due to French politican Emmanual Macron, who has managed the remarkable feat of becoming President Elect after forming his own centre-left political party, En Marche!, as recently as April last year. (Take note, British politics!) The 39 year-old former investment banker will become the youngest ever Président de la République française on…

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Life as a man: International Men’s Day

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November 18, 2016 6 comments

family law

Tomorrow (November 19) is International Men’s Day, an annual effort to focus attention on such issues as men’s health, our contributions to family and society and those social problems which disproportionately affect the male gender. This year’s key theme is perhaps the biggest and starkest of those: male suicide. But despite these seemingly laudable aims,…

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Adultery and the law

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October 11, 2016 4 comments

family life

The news last week has been dominated by the pending presidential election in the United States. The lumbering Trump and Clinton campaigns continue to roll around the nation, with their increasingly acrimonious TV debates attracting huge audiences. I think it would be fair to say that neither candidate has an unchequered past or broad popular…

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Should men get spousal maintenance?

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February 23, 2016 6 comments

family life

As most readers will be fully aware, there are two types of maintenance within family law: child maintenance and spousal maintenance. Both are emotive topics. Government attempts to automate the collection of child maintenance from non-resident parents have proved – shall we say – controversial in the past. A story on this blog about the…

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A society that no longer cares about justice

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November 3, 2014 3 comments

legal aid

It’s difficult to imagine a worse situation for anyone to find themselves in than the possibility of having their child taken away by the State. To face that possibility without proper legal representation is, as the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said, unthinkable. Yet that is exactly the situation some parents…

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