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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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A question of trusts

April 9, 2008 2 comments

A trust is an investment – so is sound advice. Trusts are, without a doubt, bêtes noires for many family lawyers . A client attending a first meeting will expect clear answers, not waffle, particularly if he or she is the beneficiary of a trust. Here at Stowe Family Law, we were recently visited by…

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Computers, mobiles and the divorce detectives

April 8, 2008 3 comments

Technology has moved on – but snooping has reached epidemic proportions. The results of a study, carried out by Oxford University, are printed in today’s Daily Telegraph. Its authors claim that nearly a quarter of all married couples admit to snooping on one another’s emails and text messages. Reading the article made me smile. How…

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Happy families: what’s the secret?

April 1, 2008 3 comments

How many parents really understand what their children want and what they need? Perhaps it was my reaction to the McCartney divorce that prompted me to take some time out for a week’s vacation with my son. At the request of a journalist, I had been considering what Beatrice McCartney’s feelings may be if, when…

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Unmarried parents, children and chequebooks

March 28, 2008 5 comments

Some of the cases with which I become involved strike me as “entrapment”. Following my comments about cohabitation, Mr. Justice Charles, a veritable Sir Lancelot in shining armour, rides to the rescue! I am often asked to advise mothers who have not married their partners. They need to know the financial settlements they can expect…

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