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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Foreign surrogacy: a warning about the potential pitfalls

April 28, 2009 0 comments

family law

Couples turning to overseas support in quest for family Most weeks I watch the award-winning UK TV drama ‘Shameless’. Set in a gritty council estate in inner-city Manchester, the story centres on the dysfunctional Gallagher family headed by Frank whose alcohol and drug problems make life for his offspring tougher than most. Admittedly it is…

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Divorce: Cast Your Anxiety Aside

April 3, 2009 2 comments

A client must never think that an appearance in court or a day of settlement will provide immediate closure. A subsequent period of recuperation and rest is essential: it allows the client’s mind to settle and readjust.

James Bond beware!

January 7, 2009 0 comments

Happy New Year to all my readers. As I was taking an extended break over Christmas and New Year I received a call on Friday from a journalist keen to hear my thoughts on spying in divorce cases. The article appeared in this week’s Sunday Times examining a rise in the use the latest electronic devices…

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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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