Why I am horrified by the Centre for Social Justice’s proposals

July 16, 2009 11 comments

Every Family Matters, a report prepared for the Conservative Party by Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘Centre for Social Justice’ think tank, received a good deal of press attention at the weekend. The report recommends a compulsory, three-month “cooling off” period for couples who were set upon divorce. It proposes the founding of “family relationship hubs”: a…

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Family Lore Podcast

July 6, 2009 0 comments

John Bolch, solicitor and author of the popular Family Lore blog, invited me to contribute to the latest edition of his Family Lore podcast. This was my first foray into podcasting  – and I enjoyed it! We discussed cohabitation, Mr Justice Coleridge’s views on marriage, the recent Radmacher v Granatino ruling, and more besides.  I…

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Caravaggio, ethics and the divorce courts

June 8, 2009 0 comments

If anyone knew every type of human condition, if anyone felt every type of emotion, and had the gift to show his feelings so nakedly to the world, it was Caravaggio. Fast forward to the 21st century and last week in the High Court we saw the human condition, once again at its absolute worst.

Why Iain Duncan-Smith is wrong about marriage

November 19, 2008 2 comments

To my mind, the CSJ has jumped firmly onto a conservative (with a small c) bandwagon. I would go so far as to say that its proposals are reminiscent of the mindset of the American politician Sarah Palin, whose extreme opinions may have helped propel Barack Obama to victory. You can read the CSJ’s report…

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Cohabitation v remarriage: what's a breadwinner to do?

June 4, 2008 3 comments

Proposed legal rights for cohabitants have one reader reaching for the panic button. As regular readers are aware, I hold strong views about the Government’s reluctance to introduce new legislation for cohabiting couples. I believe that cohabitants should be allowed to put their relationship before the court in the same way that divorcing couples can….

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