Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

family life

As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Toddler removed from mother to protect her from father

December 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

A young mother who has already lost two children has now had her third taken into care to protect her from the father. Her first child died from pneumonia and the second in uncertain circumstances while being looked after by the father. In September last year, the couple’s third child, a girl referred to as…

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Is divorce a sign of failure?

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December 5, 2017 2 comments

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In this post I’m going to step into waters that I don’t usually traverse. I know that some family lawyers regularly discuss the ‘non-legal’ aspects of divorce: the practical, emotional and psychological impact it has on those going through it. Marilyn Stowe was particularly good at it – her book Divorce & Splitting Up, for…

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Attorney fails to have gift to wife ratified

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December 4, 2017 0 comments

family life

I’ll begin this post by stating the obvious: an attorney for a person who is incapable of managing their affairs is in a very special position. They are entrusted with looking after the interests of another person. As such, of course, they must at all times whilst acting as an attorney put the interests of…

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Council control could see thousands of refuges closed

November 29, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

Government plans to give local councils sole control over housing funds could lead to thousands of domestic violence refuges closing, Women’s Aid has claimed. Currently housing benefit provides shelters for female domestic violence (DV) victims with their primary source of income. Like all benefits, it is paid by the government directly to the individual recipient….

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Convicted sex abuser ‘still has parental rights’

November 25, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Welsh man convicted of sexually abusing his children still has parental rights despite being in jail, the BBC has reported. He recently tried to prevent the mother and children from taking a holiday in Menorca on the grounds that he had not given his permission. The mother has now launched a campaign to change…

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11% of teen girls say they’ve seen domestic abuse

November 24, 2017 0 comments

family life

Eleven per cent of teenage girls aged between 16 and 19 say they have experienced domestic abuse, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported, making that age group the one most likely to be targeted. Seven per cent of boys also report abuse, the ONS notes in a new bulletin collating government, Police and…

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