Marilyn Stowe

The founder of Stowe Family Law, Marilyn Stowe is one of Britain’s best known divorce lawyers with clients throughout the country, in Europe, the Far East and the USA.

A rare defended divorce has its day in court

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February 16, 2017 5 comments

children in care

Update: some of our readers may have seen the original version of this post. That was partly based on information we received late on Wednesday from an apparently reputable source which nevertheless turned out to be incorrect. Our apologies for any confusion caused. After a relatively quiet start to 2017, some interesting family law cases…

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Liabilities are human beings: needs in divorce

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February 9, 2017 8 comments

finances and divorce

The story of the 50 year-old Surrey man who was supposedly told by the Court of Appeal earlier this week that he must support his ex-wife ‘for life’ generated predictable controversy and headlines. The couple had married in 1988 and eventually went their separate ways 15 years ago. In their divorce she received a significant…

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Government ‘still thinking’ about prenups

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January 13, 2017 1 comment

prenuptial agreements

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is still considering whether or not to legalise a form of prenuptial agreement recommended by the Law Commission. In a newly published report on the implementation of legal proposals made by the Commission, the Ministry notes that: “The Law Commission published its final report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements…

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The future of civil partnerships?

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January 13, 2017 1 comment

relationships, family life

On Friday 13 January, Conservative MP Tim Loughton stood up in the House of Commons and quoted some comments I recently gave Solicitors Journal. The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham told the House: “Last week, there was a very supportive article in the Solicitors Journal, which referred to the current anomaly as “discriminatory”. Marilyn Stowe,…

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My first day in court

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January 5, 2017 9 comments

family law

On my very first day of being a qualified solicitor, with all exams and training behind me, or so I thought, I was sent by a partner in the Leeds firm I was then working for to Bradford Magistrates Court in West Yorkshire to see a client in the cells. I had been articled to…

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Refuge for a day from a media in meltdown

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December 25, 2016 6 comments

father's rights

On Christmas Day may we all be protected, if only for a short while, from a media in meltdown. Up here in the real world, far removed from all those terribly important and influential political reporters, inhabitants of Luvvie London,  Christmas is finally here and hurray for that. No doubt most of us will be welcoming…

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Promoting ‘out of court’ divorce (from Solicitors Journal)

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December 22, 2016 1 comment

family law

This article was first published by Solicitors Journal on 01/11/16, and is reproduced by kind permission. ‘Divorce’ has become a buzzword for any forcible separation. A quick Google search generates articles about the UK’s upcoming ‘divorce’ from the European Union or a politician’s ‘divorce’ from their political party. The term implies controversy and dispute. But…

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Through the darkness of divorce (part two)

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December 9, 2016 3 comments

divorce

Some people may be worried that if they seek out counselling or medication for depression during their divorce it will harm their case. This is absolutely not true. If anything, such steps show a commendable level of insight. Divorce is without doubt one of the most difficult experiences anyone can go through but as a…

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