Parents: Keep Doing Your Best!

May 19, 2009 1 comment

Many of my clients place their children’s needs before their own. But I have seen many people who, when they are divorcing, struggle to get past their own needs

When only the High Court will do

May 14, 2009 0 comments

Hindsight is a wonderful thing My last post concerned a court case which turned into a disaster. My colleagues in our Children’s Department have told me that in these complex cases, the court system, especially in the lower courts, isn’t always equipped to cope, not least as there may be long delays in finding court…

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When being too motherly can land you in jail

May 11, 2009 14 comments

Children are far stronger than we give them credit for Yesterday, I read an article in the Sunday Times that ruined my otherwise very pleasant day. The piece by Daniel Foggo concerned a mother who is being imprisoned because of her “over indulgent” behaviour towards her three children following the breakdown of her marriage. The…

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Mesher Orders and Martin Orders: What You Need To Know

March 13, 2009 154 comments

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In this popular post, we look at Mesher orders and Martin orders. A Mesher order is a court order that postpones the sale of the marital home and gives a chargeback to a husband exercisable on the occurrence of specified events. Parents with care usually wish to remain in the marital home – but it isn’t always a good idea to postpone a sale.

The CSA: Rachel Baul Answers More of Your Questions

January 19, 2009 42 comments

Guest Blogger and Solicitor Rachel Baul joined Stowe Family Law in 2004, and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. She specialises in all areas of family law and ancillary relief, and has been commended by a number of the firm’s high profile clients. My previous posts about the Child Support Agency and its replacement, C-MEC,…

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Christmas and Divorce: What Women Want

November 28, 2008 1 comment

Earlier this month I recorded a programme for BBC Radio 4’s More or Less programme about the so-called ‘Divorce D-Day’:  the first Monday back to work in January, when divorce lawyers are supposed to be inundated with new divorce instructions in the wake of decisions made during the Xmas holidays. In the past I have made…

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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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