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Divorce and children: how “conciliation hearings” can heal disagreements – by guest blogger Stephen Hopwood

January 22, 2010 1 comment

Conciliation hearings

Divorce cases that involve disagreements about children are often described as “difficult”. Emotions run high; at a local level the judiciary may have to fall upon its own judgement when asked to choose one suitable option above others. Bitterness, heartache and large legal bills can result. Is there another way? I think so. The majority…

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WWGJD? What Would Grace Jones Do?

January 13, 2010 0 comments

It is frequently the case that the tearful woman who comes to see me for her first appointment has lost her strength and self-confidence. As her case progresses, however, the client undergoes a transformation. She begins to reassert herself and resumes control of her future. Years later, I can bump into the same client and barely recognise the…

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Life after divorce: limit your exposure

January 8, 2010 3 comments

Divorce is not an event that can be recovered from in minutes, weeks or months. I was thinking about this as I travelled 200 miles back to the north of England after my appearance on GMTV earlier this week. The near blizzard conditions made it a lengthy and eventful journey. Fortunately my trusty driver, Garry…

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Divorce questions and answers on GMTV

January 5, 2010 51 comments

What would you like to know about divorce? Lots of first-time visitors to this blog arrive here after typing their questions about divorce and family law directly into Google and other search engines. Other readers submit enquiries to the comments section, or contact me directly. Tomorrow (Wednesday 6 January) I will be appearing on the…

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2010, here we come…

December 31, 2009 0 comments

New Year’s Eve and another year, indeed a decade, is almost over. How has this year been for you? If it has been anything like mine, it has been a rollercoaster. It has passed by very quickly and, looking back, there have been some real highs. There was the faster than expected development of our…

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The family law case of the decade: White v White

December 29, 2009 18 comments

As we bid farewell to the Noughties, I pose the question: which case of the past decade has had the greatest implications for family law and its practitioners? For me it is White v White: the decision of the House of Lords, delivered in 2000. This was when the concept of equal sharing became the accepted starting point…

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So, is Christmas a “Woman Thing”?

December 23, 2009 0 comments

In my last post, Christmas and the divorced man, I wrote about a male client of mine: “My client intends to ignore Christmas this year. He is convinced that if men had their way, it wouldn’t exist at all. He asks, “Why do we have Father Christmas? It should be Mother Christmas”. “Is he right?…

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