An English Family Lawyer in Chicago

September 4, 2009 0 comments

I am in Chicago this week; I was delighted to address the lawyers at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, the largest family law firm in the USA. The city is buzzing: in a few days’ time Oprah will close the famous Michigan Avenue – the “Magnificent Mile” of top stores – and launch her next…

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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.

In Spain, a free divorce with every home

April 24, 2009 1 comment

This morning, I carried out a number of file reviews and noted that increasing numbers of our UK clients have been unable to sell their homes. Divorce is stressful enough as it is, but in many cases property must be sold and the couple’s finances split before the divorce can be finalised. The houses in…

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Stowe Family Law in The Times

September 22, 2008 0 comments

Stowe Family Law’s head of international family law, Frank Arndt, features in today’s Times Law ‘Water Cooler.’ His comments on proposals to reform EU divorce law highlight a pertinent issue for many of our clients – what to do when you divorce across borders. From The Times: Forum-shopping for the best European country for a divorce…

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When a divorce nightmare shatters golden dreams

September 1, 2008 0 comments

‘A last desperate hope’ from far flung shores A few weeks ago I attended my niece’s wedding at Ronit Farm near Tel Aviv, Israel. Although the bride, groom and all their respective families were born and brought up in Leeds, Yorkshire, they chose to celebrate their marriage under a canopy (called a ‘Chuppah‘ pictured) in…

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Divorce overseas: ten steps to protect your children

May 30, 2008 2 comments

Stowe Family Law, Harrogate

Our International Law Department receives a steady stream of enquiries from popular ex-pat destinations such as France, Spain, Switzerland and Australia. Some callers wish to know if they can issue divorce proceedings in England. As I have noted previously, many wives have good reason to file here if possible, because the financial settlements can be…

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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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