The husband, his three children and his sex change

January 28, 2008 0 comments

In pursuit of his true identity, the farmer rejected his family and sex I long ago concluded that divorce arises out of uncontrollable human instincts including self preservation, protection and survival. A person going through divorce, whether they admit it or not, is forced to think almost exclusively of what is in his or her best…

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Adultery, divorce and a modern-day “epidemic”

January 24, 2008 1 comment

Are people who claim to enjoy “no strings attached” liaisons deluding themselves? Is Britain in the grip of an adultery epidemic? Reading Angela Levin’s three-part investigation in The Daily Telegraph, you would think so.  Perhaps she is right. The newspaper provides positive advice to prevent it happening, and advice and tips on how to survive…

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A wake-up call

January 18, 2008 0 comments

I have witnessed – and come to respect – the power of emotion on both sides of a divorce. Sometimes I’m asked if I like being a family lawyer. It’s not a hard question to answer. I like people, I like helping people and I like observing human nature. I think it helps me in…

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ITV, “D-Day” divorce – and me

January 10, 2008 0 comments

(Copyright ITV 2008) This week the news has been filled with reports of “Divorce D-Day”. Apparently, Monday was supposed to be the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers.

No place like home in divorce scramble

January 3, 2008 5 comments

Happy New Year – I hope your holiday was relatively stress-free. For some it was not, people wrote to me from abroad for advice about issuing divorce proceedings in England given their respective links with England, such as British nationality, education, owning a property in England etc. It is a growing problem and highlights the…

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A New Year, a new beginning?

December 24, 2007 0 comments

I am always bemused when newspapers claim that the start of the New Year is the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers. Sitting at my desk today, utterly exhausted, I would beg to disagree. In last week’s run up to the holidays, a client flew in from the Channel Isles to see me, I was in London…

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Checkmate!

November 27, 2007 1 comment

“The client walked away with millions – and I used the case as the basis for a storyline in The Archers.” The hardest cases – the tricky, nerve-wracking ones that need a bit of brain power – are always the most interesting. I like to play “intellectual chess”! One such case was when a client’s…

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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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