Marilyn’s marriage advice

November 6, 2016 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, now in its second edition, provides a detailed guide to all aspects of the divorce process including legal and personal advice from someone who has seen it all. In this extract, she discusses how to deal with your feelings if your marriage hits a…

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Why does divorce happen?

September 11, 2016 10 comments

Marilyn Stowe

People whose spouses ask for a divorce may often claim that it came “out of the blue”. How could things have gone from happily married to divorce proceedings so quickly? As Marilyn Stowe explains in this extract from the second edition of her book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, it…

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The importance of counselling during divorce

August 31, 2016 4 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Divorce can take a serious toll on people’s mental and physical health. In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses why it is important to seek professional help. Some clients refuse to see a doctor or counsellor. “I will get through…

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Why separation doesn’t work

June 13, 2016 8 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses why she doesn’t believe separation actually works. I do not like the concept of “separation”: when a couple agrees to live apart from one another for a temporary or extended period. I see…

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Divorce and the danger of false hope

April 18, 2016 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she talks about the different kinds of divorce and how dangerous it can sometimes be to hold out hope for reconciliation. In human and emotional terms, divorce cases can be divided up into three categories: amicable,…

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Family law then and now

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March 5, 2016 2 comments

Divorce & Splitting Up

I have spent the last 30 years working only as a divorce lawyer. Before then I regularly handled commercial litigation, some of it international, and I had become accustomed to the tough cut and thrust that came with taking on lawyers worldwide. It wasn’t easy; in fact it was extremely stressful, but commercial lawyers aren’t…

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Divorce and children: a note on names

March 1, 2016 5 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses what to do about children’s names following a divorce. We are often asked about children’s names. You should know that typically, these should not be changed without agreement from both parents. This rule…

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A note on divorce in the UK

February 16, 2016 1 comment

Marilyn Stowe

Marilyn Stowe’s ebook is a comprehensive guide to the every aspect of divorce and separation and is now in its second edition. In this extract, she looks at the differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK when it comes to divorce law. In the UK, “English law” applies in England and Wales. Northern…

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Divorce and the rise of social media

December 30, 2015 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses the rise of social media and the affect it has had on divorce. Family lawyers are finding it difficult to ignore social media. Eight years ago, Friends Reunited was held responsible for…

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