Parental alienation: who’s the real victim?

February 15, 2017 18 comments

Marilyn Stowe, family law

Earlier this week Cafcass suggested that ‘parental alienation’ is a form of child abuse. This is when one parent tries to turn their children against their former partner. Over the course of her 37-year career as a solicitor, Marilyn Stowe has dealt with thousands of people. In her experience those who try this tactic commonly present…

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Will court closures really deliver justice?

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October 18, 2016 9 comments

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In this video I set out my thoughts on a speech given last Saturday to the annual Bar Conference by Lord Justice Ryder, himself once a high-flying barrister. Entitled Raising the Bar: Innovation and global opportunity for a forward thinking profession, it set out the ways in which His Lordship sees the future of British…

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Child arbitration: an alternative to the courts

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September 15, 2016 0 comments

Stowe Family Law, family law

I have spoken approvingly about family arbitration on this blog many times before. Of course I’m biased being an arbitrator myself, but as all readers know this Yorkshirewoman is unafraid to give a blunt opinion, good or bad. My opinion of family arbitration has only been strengthened since the recent introduction of child arbitration. Let…

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Step parents and the law: Marilyn Stowe talks

July 20, 2016 10 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Earlier today I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the legal status of step parents. Life as a step parent can be very challenging: get it even slightly wrong and you could face resentment from all quarters: from your spouse, from the children’s other biological parent and of course, from the children…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: the plight of the cohabitant

July 14, 2016 8 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics published its latest set of marriage statistics and I doubt many family lawyers were surprised by the key finding: a further rise in the number of people living together. Last year 9.5 per cent of everyone over 16 was doing so, while the number of married people had fallen…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: do you need a good lawyer?

July 6, 2016 3 comments

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The video which accompanies this post came about for a number of different reasons, but my reaction to them all gave me food for thought and helped crystallise in my mind what I wanted to say today. First of all, there was a three part series on BBC2 Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator, which…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: how Brexit is like a divorce

June 28, 2016 19 comments

Marilyn Stowe, family law

Last week’s European Union referendum result cannot have escaped your attention.  With the Leave campaign, or Brexit, victorious the question became: what happens next? In their attempts to offer an answer, a lot of media outlets likened the result and subsequent fallout to the beginning of a divorce. So have prominent politicians. EU Commission President…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: call the family mediator?

June 22, 2016 2 comments

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Last night, the first in a three-part documentary series was shown on BBC2. Equal parts frustrating and intriguing,  Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator offered a behind-the-scenes look at professional mediators struggling to steer different divorcing couples through this much discussed alternative to the family court. In this video I give my own reactions and…

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