Stowe Family Law Web Team

9 year-old ‘should be allowed to travel with mother’

January 10, 2018 2 comments

family law

A nine year-old boy should be allowed to travel abroad with his mother describe her acrimonious relationship with his father, a Judge has ruled. In the Family Court sitting at Oxford, Her Honour Judge Vincent described ‘A’ as “a happy, intelligent boy, who enjoys school and is popular with his classmates.” His father is British…

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The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years

January 10, 2018 1 comment

family law

Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new Lord Chancellor, just six months after Aylesbury MP David Lidington was given the role. The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years is David Gauke, who has been Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire since 2005. As a solicitor, he is the first legally qualified Lord Chancellor since…

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Ex-husband ‘won the lottery’ in divorce court says trader

January 9, 2018 4 comments

financial settlement

A wealthy financial trader has claimed her now ex-husband “won the lottery” with a sizeable divorce settlement. Julie and Robin Sharp divorced in 2014, after a six year, childless relationship. She accumulated a multimillion pound fortune buying and selling energy stocks and bonds, earning huge bonuses. Meanwhile, Mr Sharp worked as an IT consultant, but…

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Divorce: Spain versus England by Christopher Lee

January 9, 2018 1 comment

international divorce

Clients may have a choice of where to divorce.  Here we examine some of the very different procedures and possible outcomes that may arise if a couple has the right to divorce both in Spain and England or Wales (which, for simplicity, we’ll refer to here simply as ‘England’). London is (in)famously billed as “the…

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DWP publishes new guide to help for domestic abuse

January 8, 2018 10 comments

domestic violence

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new guide to the services they provide for victims of domestic abuse. It outlines the different benefits available to those who need them, such as housing benefit, jobseekers’ allowance and discretionary housing payments. It also explains the rules concerning child maintenance. The guidance notes begins by…

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EU law ‘does not apply to’ to Sharia divorce

January 5, 2018 1 comment

family life

EU law does not apply to Sharia and other religious divorces conducted privately, Justices have ruled. The case concerned a former couple with dual German and Syrian nationality. They married in the Syrian city of Homs in 1999, later moved to Germany, and then separated some years ago. In 2013, while visiting Syria, the husband…

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Siblings to be adopted as parents struggle

January 4, 2018 2 comments

family life

Three children of parents struggling with stress and depression should be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. In A Local Authority v G the couple’s two daughters were aged 12 and three, while their younger brother was 19 months. The father of the oldest daughter died when she was just three. Her mother later…

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