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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McCartney divorce: Lucky Heather Mills?

March 18, 2008 0 comments

From the Guardian‘s commentisfree… blog, 18/03/2008. Heather Mills may have done well out of her marriage to Paul McCartney. But to get there the couple waged a vicious and unnecessary war By Marilyn Stowe Millions of spectators round the world have been following the divorce battle between the McCartneys. It has grabbed media attention like…

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Cohabitation and our cowardly lawmakers

March 11, 2008 7 comments

Cut the red tape: why won’t politicians help cohabiting couples? I saw Baroness Thatcher on TV three times this weekend. I saw her twice on the Spitting Image reruns and laughed at the satirical takes on the absolute power she wielded over her fellow politicians. Then I saw her on the news, aged 82, leaving…

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A nasty sting in the tail

February 27, 2008 1 comment

Not completing your paperwork may be the most expensive mistake you make Going through a divorce is never an enjoyable experience. Both sides endure heartbreak, upset and emotional trauma and it may be tempting to bury your head in the sand, ignore the disputes over money and leave the whole process to the lawyers. But…

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Heather Mills minus the divorce lawyer

February 10, 2008 1 comment

Will there be blood on the courtroom carpet this week? As Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills face one another other in court this week, Sir Paul will be flanked by some of the country’s toughest lawyers. Ms. Mills, meanwhile, has elected to represent herself. To my way of thinking, having represented a client in…

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Cohabitation and the “common law marriage” myth

January 23, 2008 9 comments

It is worrying that so few cohabitants have taken steps to safeguard their positions. Cohabitation remains a popular choice of relationship in Britain. More than one third of people (36 per cent) have cohabited in the past, and one in nine (11 per cent) do so at present. Unfortunately, my office is frequently consulted by…

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