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Yet another new Lord Chancellor

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January 11, 2018 1 comment

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Who? Yes, that was my reaction, and probably also the reaction of most, to the news on Monday that David Gauke MP has been appointed the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, replacing David Lidington MP. Mr Gauke is the sixth Lord Chancellor in six years and, remarkably, the fourth since May…

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Is the idea of ‘Divorce Day’ offensive?

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January 10, 2018 2 comments

Divorce Day

This year I had been intending to rise above the whole ‘Divorce Day’ debate, leaving it to others to argue over whether it is actually a ‘thing’ and, if so, its significance. However, there is a point about Divorce Day that I think no one else has mentioned, and that I feel should be made….

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9 year-old ‘should be allowed to travel with mother’

January 10, 2018 2 comments

family law

A nine year-old boy should be allowed to travel abroad with his mother describe her acrimonious relationship with his father, a Judge has ruled. In the Family Court sitting at Oxford, Her Honour Judge Vincent described ‘A’ as “a happy, intelligent boy, who enjoys school and is popular with his classmates.” His father is British…

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The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years

January 10, 2018 1 comment

family law

Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new Lord Chancellor, just six months after Aylesbury MP David Lidington was given the role. The sixth Lord Chancellor in six years is David Gauke, who has been Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire since 2005. As a solicitor, he is the first legally qualified Lord Chancellor since…

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A plea for a simpler child maintenance system

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January 9, 2018 8 comments

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Or maybe just return to the old system… I’ve often argued here against the child support maintenance system, and in favour of the return to the old court-based system of determining child maintenance. My main reasons for this are the unfairness of a rigid formula-based system and the staggering inefficiency of the child support system,…

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Ex-husband ‘won the lottery’ in divorce court says trader

January 9, 2018 4 comments

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A wealthy financial trader has claimed her now ex-husband “won the lottery” with a sizeable divorce settlement. Julie and Robin Sharp divorced in 2014, after a six year, childless relationship. She accumulated a multimillion pound fortune buying and selling energy stocks and bonds, earning huge bonuses. Meanwhile, Mr Sharp worked as an IT consultant, but…

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Divorce: Spain versus England by Christopher Lee

January 9, 2018 1 comment

international divorce

Clients may have a choice of where to divorce.  Here we examine some of the very different procedures and possible outcomes that may arise if a couple has the right to divorce both in Spain and England or Wales (which, for simplicity, we’ll refer to here simply as ‘England’). London is (in)famously billed as “the…

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A derogatory prefix does not make it so

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January 8, 2018 2 comments

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I don’t think that the phenomenon I am going to discuss in this post is anything new, but it is certainly something that is much more common nowadays thanks, in particular, to the delights of social media. And when the ‘leader of the free world’ indulges in it, it is only going to become even…

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