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Keep calm and carry on?

July 20, 2011 5 comments

Wendi Deng Murdoch

When Wendi Deng married Rupert Murdoch in 1999, I must admit that I wondered what she really thought of him. She was so much younger than her new husband, and so beautiful and bright. Was she marrying for power and money? After yesterday’s incident in Westminster, when Mrs Murdoch had split seconds to respond to…

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Divorce in Malta: SFL talks to Lorraine Schembri Orland

July 8, 2011 1 comment

malta divorce

Malta is the only EU country not to allow divorce – but for how much longer? Malta recently made the headlines after its citizens voted in a referendum to introduce divorce to the staunchly Catholic island. This week the Maltese Parliament began discussing the Divorce Bill in its second reading. It isn’t yet clear when…

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The Perfect Divorce: can this husband do it?

July 4, 2011 23 comments

cezanne the house with the cracked walls

Love The Home You’re In, read the slogan on the side of the lorry. I was driving across the M62 last week, on my way to Stowe Family Law’s Cheshire office, when the words caught my eye. The lorry driver had no idea that the woman who had just overtaken him was a divorce lawyer,…

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When one party refuses to settle, why not try this?

June 29, 2011 6 comments

when a party refuses to settle

Yesterday, writing about Financial Dispute Resolution hearings, I described how frustrating it can be when an FDR hearing fails and a case proceeds to a Final Hearing. Wasted time and increased costs, stress, worry…  Surely there must be a more civilised way to reach a settlement, in which all parties can have confidence? I have…

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The FDR hearing and the First Appointment: what you need to know

June 28, 2011 273 comments

When a financial application is made to the divorce courts, three court hearings are scheduled to take place: a First Appointment, an FDR hearing and a Final Hearing. An earlier post about FDR hearings has proved popular with readers in need of practical advice, so I would like to look at the first and second court hearings in more detail.

Getting divorced: a client’s tale

June 21, 2011 10 comments

As a family lawyer, I feel incredibly privileged to publish this post. I have written before about representing clients who are coping with serious health issues while getting divorced. None of us are machines and it can be very hard to sit, calmly, across the table from someone who is fighting a life or death…

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Catching up with “runaway dads”

June 20, 2011 31 comments

Today, the day after Father’s Day, another study states what we already know. “A Tale of Two Fathers”, from the Pew Research Centre, reveals that although fathers who live with their children are likely to participate more fully in their children’s lives, the proportion of children who live apart from their fathers has soared over…

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