Stowe Family Law Web Team

Top ten reasons why people get divorced

May 23, 2018 0 comments

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One thing about divorce is you are certainly not alone; in fact, 42% of marriages end in divorce in the UK. And of those divorces, unreasonable behaviour (one of the five reasons you can use to divorce in England and Wales) is the most common with 36% of husbands and 51% of wives using this…

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Divorce experts back no-fault divorces

May 16, 2018 1 comment

93% of Stowe Family Law’s divorce experts back no-fault divorces. In February, we undertook an in-house research project at Stowe Family Law to gauge opinions from our expert divorce lawyers on reforming divorce laws in England and Wales. And the results were in resounding favour of reform with 85% off those questioned backing calls for…

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New Family Division President announced

April 26, 2018 1 comment

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The next President of the Family Division has been announced. Sir Andrew Ewart McFarlane will succeed Sir James Munby on 28 July. The current President, the outspoken and high profile Sir James Munby, will retire on 27 July, his 70th birthday. Lord Justice McFarlane will also complete precisely seven years as an Appeal Court Judge…

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Family Division President warns of accidental bigamy

April 25, 2018 0 comments

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Family Division President Sir James Munby has warned that an unspecified number of recently issued divorce decrees may not be legally valid. In guidance published this week, he warned that “very recently a number of cases have been brought to my attention where decrees nisi and absolute have been granted” in violation of the Matrimonial…

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Baroness Hale: no fault divorce would strengthen responsibility

April 24, 2018 2 comments

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No fault divorce would increase a general sense of family responsibility the President of the Supreme Court has claimed. Speaking over the weekend at the annual conference of Resolution, Baroness Hale of Richmond gave her stamp of approval to the family law organisation’s ongoing campaign to reform Britain’s ageing divorce laws, saying: “It may seem…

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Resolution bangs the drum for no fault divorce

April 20, 2018 0 comments

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Family law organisation Resolution has repeated its long-standing call for the introduction of no fault divorce at its National Conference in Bristol. Members highlighted the imminent arrival at the Supreme Court of the much-discussed Owens v Owens case, in which the eponymous Mrs Owens was refused a divorce on the grounds that she had failed…

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Interim orders for the sale of property by Lesley Smythe

April 19, 2018 1 comment

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It has been a long-standing principal of family law legislation that the courts cannot usually make an order for the sale of a property until proceedings have concluded. However, it is becoming increasingly common for lawyers to conclude that particular cases might benefit from such ‘interim’ orders. Here are some examples: Where the matrimonial home…

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22 year-old becomes first woman convicted of coercive behaviour

April 17, 2018 5 comments

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A Fine Arts graduate has become the first woman to be convicted of ‘coercive control’ since the offence was created. The 22 year, from Hertfordshire, was arrested days after her boyfriend was taken to hospital with extensive scalding injuries after she had thrown boiling water over him. Neighbours had reported regular disturbances, the sound of…

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