Cohabitation: know your rights and the law

July 22, 2009 6 comments

I wanted to put my last post, about the Centre for Social Justice’s plans for cohabiting couples, into a factual and legal context. The couple I am about to describe never gave a thought to the nightmare “what if” scenario that exists for modern day cohabitants. Their experience is a salutary example to the millions…

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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.