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Cohabitation v remarriage: what's a breadwinner to do?

June 4, 2008 3 comments

Proposed legal rights for cohabitants have one reader reaching for the panic button. As regular readers are aware, I hold strong views about the Government’s reluctance to introduce new legislation for cohabiting couples. I believe that cohabitants should be allowed to put their relationship before the court in the same way that divorcing couples can….

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Divorce overseas: ten steps to protect your children

May 30, 2008 0 comments

Stowe Family Law, Harrogate

Our International Law Department receives a steady stream of enquiries from popular ex-pat destinations such as France, Spain, Switzerland and Australia. Some callers wish to know if they can issue divorce proceedings in England. As I have noted previously, many wives have good reason to file here if possible, because the financial settlements can be…

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Fairness means more than 50/50

May 20, 2008 0 comments

Or, as we lawyers put it, the “Objective of the Court in financial arrangements is to achieve an outcome which is fair” Two round trips to London in the lasts seven days has involved two 5am starts, four train journeys, and a stimulating but challenging work schedule in our vibrant capital. I enjoy London very…

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Dirty Divorce Tricks – Part 2

May 16, 2008 3 comments

Using a “friend” as a spy is the height of sneakiness… In case you missed it: click here for my earlier countdown of the Top Ten Dirty Divorce Tricks, numbers 10 to 6. Here are numbers 5 to 1: 5. Spending money wildly, as a form of “payback”. Some spurned wives choose to take revenge…

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Dirty Divorce Tricks – Part 1

May 14, 2008 8 comments

Covert operations to uncover your partner’s secrets For certain people, divorce – or even the thought of divorce – brings their very worst qualities to the fore. Divorce is an emotional rollercoaster. When people are really hurting, particularly if they have been “swapped” for somebody else, self-preservation becomes all-important. But for some, such a state…

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Family law and forensic accountants

May 11, 2008 0 comments

With a forensic accountant as an advisor, a client can be given a swift measured opinion. Here at Stowe Family Law we have our own in-house forensic accountancy department. It happened more by accident than design. About four years ago, I had lunch with a partner at a well-known accountancy firm. I had encountered him…

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Why are there so many divorces in Spain?

May 8, 2008 1 comment

In my experience there can sometimes be “darker motives” behind a permanent move to sunny climes. The Institute of Family Policy has announced that across Europe, divorce rates are rising. The think-tank’s latest study, which is out today, has concluded that marriages here are breaking down at the rate of one every 30 seconds. With…

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Beware the desperate housewives!

May 1, 2008 2 comments

“There is so much more out there” such a person might say. “Ditch him or her, and make the most of your life.” A constant concern of mine is the worrying role that “friends” can play in divorce. If I hear about a “friend” or if a “friend” appears in my office alongside my client,…

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Does Mother know best?

April 29, 2008 3 comments

Matching parents’ wishes with your own evolutionary desires Conflicts between parents and their children about the choice of a partner is a tried-and-tested literary device – from Mrs Bennett’s lamentations about Elizabeth’s refusal to accept Mr Collins’ proposal to Bridget Jones’ indignation at her mother’s attempts at matchmaking. Now it seems we learn the reason…

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Faith, family and divorce

April 17, 2008 4 comments

Faith can be of real help to those inclined to call upon it. On Saturday night, millions of Jewish people around the world will sit down to a festive dinner called the “Seder”, to celebrate the beginning of the eight days of Passover. It is an opportunity for the whole family to gather round the dinner…

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