High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge has claimed that he decided to step down from the bench because of opposition to his stance on marriage. Sir Paul is the founder and chairman of the Marriage Foundation, which aims to “champion long-lasting, stable relationships within marriage”. I have already made my views on the Marriage Foundation quite clear on my own blog – they seem to
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This is an interesting area of family law, and one with which solicitors here at Stowe Family Law LLP are familiar: one of our reported cases, S v S (2002) 1FLR 992, touched upon the court’s power to rescind a decree nisi.
Decree nisi is the first of two decrees within divorce proceedings but it does not dissolve the marriage. It is the provisional decree and is only pronounced once the court is
What’s in a name? The possible difficulties of the Child Arrangement Order by guest blogger Jennifer Hollyer
The term “Child Arrangements Order” (CAOs) seems to imply that there will be a mixing of what we currently call residence and contact and the wording of such orders is going to be very important. It is not clear whether this label will mean that orders will be more detailed, less
The Children and Families Bill 2013 – the end of residence and contact by guest blogger Jennifer Hollyer
One of the most gut-wrenching aspects of separation and divorce is coming to terms with the idea that arrangements will have to be made with respect to the children and the resulting realisation that this may mean that both parties are unable to spend as much time with them as they once did.
Every so often one of the solicitors here at Stowe Family Law LLP will walk into my office with an exasperated expression, seeking my input on how to advise a client who simply won't listen . The client wants to do it their way but the solicitor know their way is wrong. And not just wrong - dangerously, scarily, wrong. Sometimes nothing will dissuade a client who is convinced they know best.
I recently posted a horrible photo of myself on Twitter. An unusual l week had been coming up, one for which I had wanted to look my best. First, on Wednesday evening, there was to be a swish party in London, to which I had been invited to celebrate the appointments of Philip Marshall and Deborah Eato
Deciding to divorce is one thing – actually being able to move on is quite another. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail threw the spotlight onto on a couple facing a scenario that will be familiar to many: they going through a divorce but struggling to sell their home. This is an issue increasing numbers of divorcing couples have had to contend with since the recession. The will to sell is there alright, but there are no buyers on the market, so the asking price drops, reducing the equity each of
Whilst taking one of my regular looks at the Judiciary of England and Wales website yesterday, I noticed that they have published a guide to court proceedings for those without legal representation. Cunningly titled A Handbook for Litigants in Person, the guide has been written by six judges and gives an overview of the process involved in civil court proceedings. Apart from
It’s not every day of the week that I have the privilege of being in the same room as not one, but two former judges of our Supreme Court; but that’s just happened to me today to me at Leeds Civic Hall.
The bi-annual Mustill lecture was named in honour of the great Lord Mustill, a retired Supreme Court
As regular readers of this blog know, the Government abolished legal aid for most family matters (save where a local authority is involved) on 1 April 2013. The Government’s ‘flagship’ solution to filling the gap that this left is
Many of our readers have questions relating to their children following divorce or separation, and no wonder. Its’ a difficult topic and one that provokes emotion like few others.
Here Mark Christie, the head the dedicated Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law, answers more of the many questions about children that have brought new visitors to this blog in recent weeks.
Divorcees are falling out of love with adultery
The number of couples citing adultery as grounds for divorce has halved over the past 40 years, with
It’s been a busy week in the media for me, topped by two fantastic short listings in the Law Society’s Excellence Awards – me Legal Business Woman of the Year and the firm for Excellence in Pro Bono. The reason I’m so thrilled is because the panel of judges is very
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Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner in Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Yorkshire, Cheshire and London. With more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings she is regarded as one of the most formidable and sought after divorce lawyers in the UK. In 2012, Marilyn became one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator.
All persons mentioned in the scenarios are fictitious: details have been deliberately changed in order to protect identities and other confidential circumstances of my clients. All advice and information on this blog including posts written by guest authors, is given only as a general guide to the operation of the law on the date of publication. Readers must place no reliance whatsoever on the content of this blog and must always obtain their own legal advice. Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law LLP and guest authors accept no liability whatsoever arising as a result of reliance upon its content.
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