Justice by gimmick (From Solicitors Journal)

July 13, 2012 6 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 10/07/2012. Instead of developing a ‘divorce by app’ scheme the government should consider allowing ‘no-win, no-fee’ 
in family cases, says 
Marilyn Stowe It has finally happened. After a slow and agonising demise legal aid has met its end at the hands of the coalition. Access to justice, one of…

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Do family courts discriminate against husbands, or wives?

July 4, 2012 17 comments

Family Law is an extremely informative publication, billed as essential reading for family law professionals. As with all legal journals, some contributions are so esoteric they require more concentration and stamina than others, but I still persevere. An exception would be a detailed article I read many years ago, about the intricacies of Child Support…

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How to Apply for a Non-Molestation Order.

June 6, 2012 131 comments

Last week, a post by Nastassia Burton set out the eligibility criteria for applying for an occupation order, and the application process. This follow-up post focuses upon non-molestation orders, and what happens if a non-molestation order or an occupation order is breached. Protection against domestic abuse is provided under Part IV of the Family Law…

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The Queen’s Speech: a family lawyer’s response

May 11, 2012 8 comments

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In these cash strapped times and having suffered huge recent defeats at the polls, the government seems to be keeping its head down, which is a pity. Recession is a time of opportunity, and I believe those who are prepared to go for growth, rather than simply cutting budgets still tighter, will fight their way…

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The keystone: an archway to a loving relationship

May 9, 2012 29 comments

Writing in The Law Gazette this week, Joshua Rozenberg considers Sir Paul Coleridge’s Marriage Foundation. Overall, he comes down strongly in favour of it, stating that he too has been married for some 38 years and has three grandchildren. Above all, Rozenberg feels that he and Sir Paul “see eye to eye on the importance…

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The Marriage Foundation: playing devil’s advocate

May 4, 2012 14 comments

The Marriage Foundation was launched by Sir Paul Coleridge earlier this week, and this experienced High Court judge is the organisation’s obvious champion. Sir Paul, who spent 30 years as a specialist family law barrister, has previously urged couples to “mend it, don’t end it”. There is no question that he is born to the job….

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We need new laws to ensure transparency in the family courts (From Solicitors Journal)

April 27, 2012 18 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 17/04/2012. The family courts process is more transparent but legislation is needed to achieve true openness in public law cases, says Marilyn Stowe. Exactly what should be made public from Family Division courts has been contested ground for many years now; it is an unfortunate irony that efforts to try to…

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