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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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Cohabitation and the “common law marriage” myth

January 23, 2008 9 comments

It is worrying that so few cohabitants have taken steps to safeguard their positions. Cohabitation remains a popular choice of relationship in Britain. More than one third of people (36 per cent) have cohabited in the past, and one in nine (11 per cent) do so at present. Unfortunately, my office is frequently consulted by…

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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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ITV, “D-Day” divorce – and me

January 10, 2008 0 comments

(Copyright ITV 2008) This week the news has been filled with reports of “Divorce D-Day”. Apparently, Monday was supposed to be the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers.

"Tabling" the assets to mutual advantage

January 9, 2008 0 comments

“His wife demanded half of his future income and bonuses. Could he ever achieve closure?” When assets in a medium-term, “big money” marriage are divided, it can be a difficult case to call. If the capital exceeds the reasonable needs of both husband and wife, how should the surplus be allocated? One client of mine,…

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No place like home in divorce scramble

January 3, 2008 5 comments

Happy New Year – I hope your holiday was relatively stress-free. For some it was not, people wrote to me from abroad for advice about issuing divorce proceedings in England given their respective links with England, such as British nationality, education, owning a property in England etc. It is a growing problem and highlights the…

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