Divorce experts back no-fault divorces

May 16, 2018 1 comment

93% of Stowe Family Law’s divorce experts back no-fault divorces. In February, we undertook an in-house research project at Stowe Family Law to gauge opinions from our expert divorce lawyers on reforming divorce laws in England and Wales. And the results were in resounding favour of reform with 85% off those questioned backing calls for…

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Lessons on legal advice and representation

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May 1, 2018 1 comment

Before I begin this post I should make two things clear. Firstly, I will not be going into the specific events and characters surrounding the Alfie Evans case, and the legal advice or representation that his parents received – others have already given their critique of those things far better than I ever could. This…

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BBC One’s ‘The Split’ vs reality

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April 26, 2018 5 comments

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At 9:00pm on a Tuesday evening, after eight hours in Court, what could possibly make a family lawyer sit down to watch a BCC drama about divorce and divorce lawyers? Because last night that’s exactly what I did, watching the first of six episodes of “The Split”. “Coals to Newcastle” and “Busman’s holiday” and similar…

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New Family Division President announced

April 26, 2018 1 comment

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The next President of the Family Division has been announced. Sir Andrew Ewart McFarlane will succeed Sir James Munby on 28 July. The current President, the outspoken and high profile Sir James Munby, will retire on 27 July, his 70th birthday. Lord Justice McFarlane will also complete precisely seven years as an Appeal Court Judge…

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New Resolution Chair promises to keep on campaigning

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April 24, 2018 0 comments

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But will it make any difference? For the benefit of those who don’t know, I suppose I should begin this post by explaining exactly what Resolution is. It is an association of family lawyers (originally, and I think rather more helpfully, called the ‘Solicitors Family Law Association’, or ‘SFLA’ for short), which was formed in…

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Resolution bangs the drum for no fault divorce

April 20, 2018 0 comments

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Family law organisation Resolution has repeated its long-standing call for the introduction of no fault divorce at its National Conference in Bristol. Members highlighted the imminent arrival at the Supreme Court of the much-discussed Owens v Owens case, in which the eponymous Mrs Owens was refused a divorce on the grounds that she had failed…

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Interim orders for the sale of property by Lesley Smythe

April 19, 2018 1 comment

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It has been a long-standing principal of family law legislation that the courts cannot usually make an order for the sale of a property until proceedings have concluded. However, it is becoming increasingly common for lawyers to conclude that particular cases might benefit from such ‘interim’ orders. Here are some examples: Where the matrimonial home…

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