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Kernott v Jones on BBC Breakfast

November 10, 2011 2 comments

Stowe Family Law

Earlier today I appeared on BBC Breakfast, to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kernott v Jones. Accompanying me on the sofa was Patricia Jones, whose appeal against the decision to award her former partner half the value of their jointly-owned property was upheld by the five Supreme Court justices who heard the case. My…

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The real reason why the Family Justice Review has failed

November 3, 2011 14 comments

The long-awaited Family Justice Review, published today, presented a golden opportunity to review and recommend changes to existing law. Instead the Review panel, chaired by former senior civil servant David Norgrove and populated by bureaucrats and children experts, has failed families in crisis.  Hopes that the Family Justice Review would propose groundbreaking reforms, expanding family…

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What happens when an international custody battle looms?

November 1, 2011 6 comments

Today I was sent this link to a newspaper story about the British television presenter Melissa Porter, who is reported to be facing an “international custody battle” over her only child. Pierce is ten months old. His father is Peter Rinfret, an American millionaire. Mr Rinfret is no stranger to family law battles. His divorce…

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Bundled off (From Solicitors Journal)

October 28, 2011 2 comments

From my latest “Family Business” column in Solicitors Journal. Bundled off It’s a new dawn and Marilyn Stowe is feeling good about a future where digital files will replace bundles in court A few years ago a judge walked into the High Court where we were all sitting – silks, juniors, solicitors, assistant solicitors –…

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Is Paternity Fraud really a “ticking time bomb”?

October 26, 2011 101 comments

Apparently there are millions of fathers around the world who are, unwittingly, raising other men’s children as their own. Worse still, if it can be worse, they have all been duped at the hands of wicked mothers, who care not for a partner’s “right” to know the truth. This horrifying behaviour is called “Paternity Fraud,” and in this popular post we take a closer look. Is the issue as rampant and universal as some would have us believe? Should there ever be an unqualified and unregulated “right to know,” as certain commentators have suggested?

The Family and the Circle of Life

October 24, 2011 13 comments

Yesterday, in the changing room at my local gym, I met a young man aged three and his mum. They had been swimming and were going home to watch the rugby. He had red, chubby cheeks and fair hair cut into a pudding basin. He was playing with the padlock on his locker, which he…

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