Why Iain Duncan-Smith is wrong about marriage

November 19, 2008 2 comments

To my mind, the CSJ has jumped firmly onto a conservative (with a small c) bandwagon. I would go so far as to say that its proposals are reminiscent of the mindset of the American politician Sarah Palin, whose extreme opinions may have helped propel Barack Obama to victory. You can read the CSJ’s report…

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Divorcee and the Gigolo

October 14, 2008 1 comment

A new French film explores the conduct of a 51-year-old woman who, following the collapse of her marriage, pays for sex with much younger men. Cliente stars well-known French actress Nathalie Baye as the divorcee who seeks to escape from her boring life, and turns to a gigolo. I am sure that the scenario will…

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Divorce solicitors: why clients seek second opinions

October 3, 2008 1 comment

I often see clients who are looking for second opinions on their cases. Many of them have started off with local solicitors, or solicitors they have known for many years. Typically, such a client had been brimming with confidence at first, and had been assured that family law was straightforward. After a few months, however,…

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When a divorce nightmare shatters golden dreams

September 1, 2008 0 comments

‘A last desperate hope’ from far flung shores A few weeks ago I attended my niece’s wedding at Ronit Farm near Tel Aviv, Israel. Although the bride, groom and all their respective families were born and brought up in Leeds, Yorkshire, they chose to celebrate their marriage under a canopy (called a ‘Chuppah‘ pictured) in…

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Pre-nups and politics: Dear Prime Minister…

June 12, 2008 0 comments

An open letter to Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister. Dear Prime Minister, Joshua Rozenberg interviews the Chairman of the Law Commission in today’s Daily Telegraph. Three family law matters are touched upon: reform of ancillary relief law, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation law reform. I note that there will be no reform of the…

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Why are there so many divorces in Spain?

May 8, 2008 1 comment

In my experience there can sometimes be “darker motives” behind a permanent move to sunny climes. The Institute of Family Policy has announced that across Europe, divorce rates are rising. The think-tank’s latest study, which is out today, has concluded that marriages here are breaking down at the rate of one every 30 seconds. With…

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What if Heather Mills had divorced abroad?

March 20, 2008 0 comments

Could she have had a second bite of the cherry? Clearly, Heather Mills was distraught when she stood on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice and ranted about her award, the judgment and her treatment at the hands of the English court. There are those in her camp who argue that the judgment…

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