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Falling petals

May 6, 2011 1 comment

Falling cherry blossom

Family lawyers are not trained to deal with the situation I am about to describe. It is for this reason that I have delayed writing this post, wondering if I should write it at all. I have decided to do so because, even when you least expect it, something tragic and terrible can unfold.  We…

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Kernott v Jones: a case of square pegs and round holes

May 4, 2011 21 comments

kernott v jones

The case of Kernott v Jones is being hailed by some family lawyers as, potentially, the “new White”: a reference to the ground breaking case of White v White, heard by the House of Lords in 2000, which radically altered the landscape for divorce settlements. Kernott v Jones is a cohabitants’ property dispute. In 1985…

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The Experts: Has Kate Middleton signed a royal prenup?

April 27, 2011 11 comments

The Experts: Has Kate signed a royal prenup? Marilyn Stowe Come Friday, I’ll be watching the royal wedding on television along with everybody else. I’m looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine, checking out what the families are wearing and finally finding out who has created the bride’s wedding dress. Being a family lawyer,…

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The Experts: The Times launches its new law blog

April 21, 2011 4 comments

The Experts- Should babies be the subject of contracts

Today The Times has launched its new law blog: The Experts. Legal Editor Frances Gibb describes it as: A blog in which our team of top-name lawyers will give regular comment on the news and developments – from criminal to family, commercial to human rights. The lineup includes: Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty Judge Stephen…

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Meeting of Minds (From Solicitors Journal)

April 20, 2011 2 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 22/02/2011. Meeting of Minds EXCLUSIVE! The words ‘interesting’ and ‘conference’ aren’t always mutually exclusive, reveals Marilyn Stowe Like many family law practitioners, I am conference-hardened. Some family law conferences are interesting; other times, trying to keep a straight face, I have discreetly elbowed fellow solicitors awake. I…

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How easy is it to bring your child back to the UK?

April 13, 2011 37 comments

international divorce relocation with child

Earlier this week, Marilyn Stowe shared the story of a mother who had moved to a faraway country with her husband, an overseas national, and her young family, only to find herself “stuck” there after the marriage broke down. (The Expat’s Tale: “I’m a stuck mum”.) She is nearly at breaking point, having struggled unsuccessfully…

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The Expat’s Tale: “I’m a stuck mum”

April 11, 2011 35 comments

stuck-mum

Last week a visitor to the blog read my post about Payne v Payne (Leave to remove a child: what about the parents left behind?) and contacted me with her story. This reader married an overseas national and moved to another country. After her marriage broke down, the court in that country refused her permission…

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The CSA & child maintenance calculations: don’t pay twice!

April 6, 2011 16 comments

child maintenance

Reader JamesB had some interesting questions for Stowe Family Law solicitor Rachel Baul about the CSA and changing the amount of child maintenance that he pays every month by an attachment to earnings order. (This is when child maintenance is deducted directly from the parent’s wages.) Every month many hundreds of visitors with questions about…

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