Divorce and Stress: Where Are You Going?

July 31, 2009 2 comments

Do you ever have days when you are so low, you feel like you have hit the floor? Divorce is one of life’s most stressful experiences, ranked alongside bereavement and debt. As a family lawyer I have noticed that the clients who find it easiest to move on are those who are able to concentrate…

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Why I am horrified by the Centre for Social Justice’s proposals

July 16, 2009 11 comments

Every Family Matters, a report prepared for the Conservative Party by Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘Centre for Social Justice’ think tank, received a good deal of press attention at the weekend. The report recommends a compulsory, three-month “cooling off” period for couples who were set upon divorce. It proposes the founding of “family relationship hubs”: a…

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Over The Rainbow: How We Move On

July 13, 2009 4 comments

One element in the sky never fails to fill me with wonder at its mystery and its sheer beauty. It is the rainbow. At the same time, it never fails to fill me with hope. It doesn’t matter how bad things get, how low you sink in your thoughts or how depressed and inconsolable you…

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Family Lore Podcast

July 6, 2009 0 comments

John Bolch, solicitor and author of the popular Family Lore blog, invited me to contribute to the latest edition of his Family Lore podcast. This was my first foray into podcasting  – and I enjoyed it! We discussed cohabitation, Mr Justice Coleridge’s views on marriage, the recent Radmacher v Granatino ruling, and more besides.  I…

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Take a Break: Divorce From Reality

June 20, 2009 3 comments

“Il n’ y a en art, ni passé, ni futur. L’art qui n’est pas dans le present ne sera jamais” – Pablo Picasso. What does Picasso mean? In art, he says, there is no past or future. There is only the present. Art that is not in the present will never be. Picasso lived his…

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Caravaggio, ethics and the divorce courts

June 8, 2009 0 comments

If anyone knew every type of human condition, if anyone felt every type of emotion, and had the gift to show his feelings so nakedly to the world, it was Caravaggio. Fast forward to the 21st century and last week in the High Court we saw the human condition, once again at its absolute worst.

When only the High Court will do

May 14, 2009 0 comments

Hindsight is a wonderful thing My last post concerned a court case which turned into a disaster. My colleagues in our Children’s Department have told me that in these complex cases, the court system, especially in the lower courts, isn’t always equipped to cope, not least as there may be long delays in finding court…

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