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Fleetwood Mac and a divorce lawyer’s Rumours

November 3, 2009 2 comments

I recently watched an incredibly personal interview with the band Fleetwood Mac on the BBC, in advance of their forthcoming British tour. The band members are clearly older and wiser than they were in the late 1970s. They had stories to tell about the emotional turbulence in their lives when arguably they were at the…

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Divorce and women: which way does the wind blow?

October 30, 2009 2 comments

From the comment pages of the Yorkshire Post, 23/10/2009. Divorced from reality in the 21st century By Marilyn Stowe WE should all be raising glasses this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Divorce Reform Act 1969 gaining royal assent. The landmark statute made divorce easier, introducing what became known as “quickie divorces”. It…

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New legal rights for grandparents?

October 27, 2009 15 comments

Many grandparents are surprised to discover that they do not have automatic rights of residence or contact with their grandchildren. But could their rights be about to improve? This week it is my turn not to criticise, but to praise the Conservative Party. Newspapers have reported that the Conservatives, if they win the next election,…

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Divorce and snap decisions do not mix

October 19, 2009 0 comments

As solicitors, one of our most important functions is to supply excellent advice at all times. Two of our trainees have recently qualified as fully-fledged solicitors. Sarah Barr-Young and Eleanor Webster (left), together with Andrea Essen, Claire Glaister and John Moore, have launched a free “Legal Clinic”, which mimics the free legal clinics that I used…

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What can politicians’ wives teach us about marriage?

October 16, 2009 0 comments

I don’t have any strong political views because I don’t like politics, but on Sunday morning in Covent Garden as I cycled on a bike at the gym, I watched Hillary Clinton’s live press conference on the TV monitor. At 10.15 am on a Sunday morning, Mrs Clinton was elegantly dressed, brisk, businesslike and full…

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Coping with divorce, part three. Keep on moving!

October 12, 2009 1 comment

This is the third post in a new series about coping with divorce. I have previously described how important it is to keep your mind healthy when you are getting divorced, but what about your physical health? The Mental Health Foundation stresses the benefits of exercise for mild to moderate depression.Your body is your temple, so get…

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Coping with divorce, part one. Where’s your head at?

October 5, 2009 0 comments

How do I help clients to cope with divorce? Although my remit is legal, I consider my clients’ wellbeing to be extremely important. There are depressing studies which show correlations between divorce and serious illness. An optimistic outlook, meanwhile, has been linked to health benefits including a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. One…

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