Divorce – sorry seems to be the hardest word

January 28, 2010 0 comments

Some female clients point to the lack of remorse shown by a cheating spouse. “He denied it for months on end”, “he told me I was imagining things and that I’m mad” and “he won’t even say sorry!” are just some of the comments that I have heard many times over. A new study, the…

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WWGJD? What Would Grace Jones Do?

January 13, 2010 0 comments

It is frequently the case that the tearful woman who comes to see me for her first appointment has lost her strength and self-confidence. As her case progresses, however, the client undergoes a transformation. She begins to reassert herself and resumes control of her future. Years later, I can bump into the same client and barely recognise the…

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Divorce questions and answers on GMTV

January 5, 2010 51 comments

What would you like to know about divorce? Lots of first-time visitors to this blog arrive here after typing their questions about divorce and family law directly into Google and other search engines. Other readers submit enquiries to the comments section, or contact me directly. Tomorrow (Wednesday 6 January) I will be appearing on the…

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Divorce with dignity is the way forward

December 2, 2009 6 comments

“Our society in England and Wales now urgently demands a second attempt by Parliament, better than in the ill-fated Part II of the Act of 1996, to reform the five ancient bases of divorce; meanwhile, in default, the courts have set the unreasonableness of the behaviour required to secure the success of a petition on…

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Divorce and women: which way does the wind blow?

October 30, 2009 2 comments

From the comment pages of the Yorkshire Post, 23/10/2009. Divorced from reality in the 21st century By Marilyn Stowe WE should all be raising glasses this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Divorce Reform Act 1969 gaining royal assent. The landmark statute made divorce easier, introducing what became known as “quickie divorces”. It…

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Amicable divorce: fact or fiction?

September 15, 2009 0 comments

I was interviewed for a feature in The Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, which focused upon “amicable” divorces that descend into bitter battles. I would like to emphasise that not every spouse behaves badly during a divorce; however, some interesting points are made. The feature was published on Sunday 13 September. Divorce or destruction? When…

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On Beauty and Rejection

September 10, 2009 1 comment

I left Chicago with a stack of magazines for the eight-hour flight back to London. The glossy pages were filled with images of smiling women with smooth skins and flawless complexions. Do these faces have their place in everyday reality? Surely I cannot be the Western world’s only woman over 30 who has succumbed to…

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Are the odds stacked in favour of ‘gold diggers’?

August 26, 2009 0 comments

I have been fortunate enough recently to attend two horse racing events. I love the races, even though I’m not much of a gambler. The sleek lines of the beautiful horses, the roar of the crowd, everyone dressed up to the nines; intent on having a really good time and celebrating the King of Sports. A…

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