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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Hell hath no fury…

November 14, 2007 0 comments

When Heather Mills made a spectacle out of herself on worldwide television recently, I found it difficult to sympathise with her. Quite simply, she was out of control: “on a frolic of her own”, as lawyers are wont to say. She has become mired in a mixture of self-pity, anger, self-righteousness and the injustice of…

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