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“Mum is implacably hostile” By guest blogger DT.

July 16, 2012 46 comments

How often have you heard this phrase? If you’re a lawyer or some other professional involved in intractable contact matters, probably quite a lot. If you’re a parent (probably a dad) you may have first hand experience of the phenomena. Although either parent, or indeed both parents can be implacably hostile, the term is usually…

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Justice by gimmick (From Solicitors Journal)

July 13, 2012 6 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 10/07/2012. Instead of developing a ‘divorce by app’ scheme the government should consider allowing ‘no-win, no-fee’ 
in family cases, says 
Marilyn Stowe It has finally happened. After a slow and agonising demise legal aid has met its end at the hands of the coalition. Access to justice, one of…

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Gow v Grant: the Supreme Court rules on cohabitation

July 7, 2012 0 comments

Supreme Court Justices

This post has been reproduced on the UK Supreme Court’s blog. I first wrote about the Scottish case of Gow v Grant in a post for the Times’ Experts blog, in September 2011. At the time, I was deeply concerned by the Government’s decision not to take forward the Law Commission’s recommendations for reform of…

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When assets aren’t divided 50:50. By Paul Read.

July 6, 2012 15 comments

inheritance

Marilyn writes: Among non-lawyers, there prevails a belief that marital assets are simply divided 50:50 in a divorce. However it is a mistake to assume that this is always the case. As Paul Read, a solicitor based in our London office explains, when the assets include a business, the final outcome can be rather different….

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Do family courts discriminate against husbands, or wives?

July 4, 2012 17 comments

Family Law is an extremely informative publication, billed as essential reading for family law professionals. As with all legal journals, some contributions are so esoteric they require more concentration and stamina than others, but I still persevere. An exception would be a detailed article I read many years ago, about the intricacies of Child Support…

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“Marriages come and go, but divorce is forever.”

June 29, 2012 10 comments

The American writer Nora Ephron died this week aged 71, of complications arising from leukaemia. Many obituaries have been written and tributes have been paid by those who knew her, and those I have read have filled me with admiration for a woman who lived life to the full. Three times married, twice divorced, Nora…

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