The husband, his three children and his sex change

January 28, 2008 0 comments

In pursuit of his true identity, the farmer rejected his family and sex I long ago concluded that divorce arises out of uncontrollable human instincts including self preservation, protection and survival. A person going through divorce, whether they admit it or not, is forced to think almost exclusively of what is in his or her best…

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Adultery, divorce and a modern-day “epidemic”

January 24, 2008 1 comment

Are people who claim to enjoy “no strings attached” liaisons deluding themselves? Is Britain in the grip of an adultery epidemic? Reading Angela Levin’s three-part investigation in The Daily Telegraph, you would think so.  Perhaps she is right. The newspaper provides positive advice to prevent it happening, and advice and tips on how to survive…

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A wake-up call

January 18, 2008 0 comments

I have witnessed – and come to respect – the power of emotion on both sides of a divorce. Sometimes I’m asked if I like being a family lawyer. It’s not a hard question to answer. I like people, I like helping people and I like observing human nature. I think it helps me in…

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A New Year, a new beginning?

December 24, 2007 0 comments

I am always bemused when newspapers claim that the start of the New Year is the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers. Sitting at my desk today, utterly exhausted, I would beg to disagree. In last week’s run up to the holidays, a client flew in from the Channel Isles to see me, I was in London…

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A death in the family

November 23, 2007 0 comments

A client came to see me for the first time, accompanied by her mother.The client was attractive, well-groomed and smartly-dressed. Her mother, meanwhile, looked drawn and tired.Mrs X began by saying she felt hot. Could she please remove her jacket and her cardigan? It wasn’t hot at all but my trainee, who was there to…

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Pandora's Box

November 6, 2007 1 comment

“If you had the opportunity, would you?” A smart, attractive lady in her mid 40s came to see me recently. She is a lawyer by profession. Our meeting began very calmly and her problem soon became clear. She is married to a chartered accountant. He is a partner in a multinational firm. They have three…

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