In the news: the CSA, CMEC and Madonna

October 24, 2008 3 comments

This has been a busy week – even by my standards! In addition to my day to day work, I was invited to appear on BBC 1’s The One Show, to discuss the imminent introduction of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC). It is set to take over from the much-loathed Child Support Agency….

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From the CSA to C-MEC: 10 things that you should know

September 23, 2008 3 comments

A guest post by Rachel Baul of Stowe Family Law. Many lawyers are sceptical that C-MEC can provide effective solutions to the CSA’s shortcomings. Further to my last guest post, which answered some common questions about the CSA, here are ten things that you should know about the changes currently in hand. The CSA is currently undergoing…

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Stowe Family Law in The Times

September 22, 2008 0 comments

Stowe Family Law’s head of international family law, Frank Arndt, features in today’s Times Law ‘Water Cooler.’ His comments on proposals to reform EU divorce law highlight a pertinent issue for many of our clients – what to do when you divorce across borders. From The Times: Forum-shopping for the best European country for a divorce…

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Parent v Parent – by guest blogger Andrea Essen

August 1, 2008 2 comments

It is tragic when a family breaks up and children are left in the middle between parents – but never more so than when the parents become so bitter towards each other, they are unable to work together for the sake of the children.  Relationship breakdowns are rarely neat and are never free of heartache….

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Divorce overseas: ten steps to protect your children

May 30, 2008 0 comments

Stowe Family Law, Harrogate

Our International Law Department receives a steady stream of enquiries from popular ex-pat destinations such as France, Spain, Switzerland and Australia. Some callers wish to know if they can issue divorce proceedings in England. As I have noted previously, many wives have good reason to file here if possible, because the financial settlements can be…

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Happy families: what’s the secret?

April 1, 2008 3 comments

How many parents really understand what their children want and what they need? Perhaps it was my reaction to the McCartney divorce that prompted me to take some time out for a week’s vacation with my son. At the request of a journalist, I had been considering what Beatrice McCartney’s feelings may be if, when…

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Call a Christmas truce

December 5, 2007 0 comments

“If soldiers could declare a truce at Christmas, why can’t warring parents? Even in the midst of war, there can be peace.” At the darkest time of the year, for people of many faiths, a light comes shining through the darkness. December is one of the most beautiful months: we place lights in our homes,…

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The Nanny, The Doctor, His Wife – And Her Lover

November 21, 2007 0 comments

   “Will my client ever forgive her? It is unlikely.” Some years ago, a client came to see me about his wife. He was a consultant at a hospital. She was a medical researcher at a university. According to him, their sex life was good and there had been no signs of any problems. Then…

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