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Cohabitation and our cowardly lawmakers

March 11, 2008 7 comments

Cut the red tape: why won’t politicians help cohabiting couples? I saw Baroness Thatcher on TV three times this weekend. I saw her twice on the Spitting Image reruns and laughed at the satirical takes on the absolute power she wielded over her fellow politicians. Then I saw her on the news, aged 82, leaving…

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Maintenance, remarriage and “Barder” events

March 7, 2008 20 comments

Settle your case on a continuing maintenance basis, and it can come back to haunt you… For many people, a financial settlement represents the final chapter in a divorce. Generally, it comes to all concerned as a huge relief. Parties can begin to rebuild their lives, putting the unpleasantness of a break-up behind them. For…

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A nasty sting in the tail

February 27, 2008 1 comment

Not completing your paperwork may be the most expensive mistake you make Going through a divorce is never an enjoyable experience. Both sides endure heartbreak, upset and emotional trauma and it may be tempting to bury your head in the sand, ignore the disputes over money and leave the whole process to the lawyers. But…

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Divorce, law, religion and the Archbishop of Canterbury

February 15, 2008 2 comments

Perhaps I have been fortunate; in my experience, arguments over religious divorce between parties are swiftly resolved. The row over the Archbishop of Canterbury and his comments about the “unavoidable” introduction of parts of Sharia law has gone global. I have some sympathy for the beleaguered Archbishop, because he is a deeply sincere man and…

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Heather Mills minus the divorce lawyer

February 10, 2008 1 comment

Will there be blood on the courtroom carpet this week? As Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills face one another other in court this week, Sir Paul will be flanked by some of the country’s toughest lawyers. Ms. Mills, meanwhile, has elected to represent herself. To my way of thinking, having represented a client in…

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Cherish the love you have

February 7, 2008 1 comment

Romance is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day A reporter from a local newspaper called me to discuss top tips for Valentine’s Day. She wanted to know what a divorce lawyer would recommend to keep a marriage together. I’ve seen some interesting clients recently, whose experiences enabled me to give an opinion.

The husband, his three children and his sex change

January 28, 2008 0 comments

In pursuit of his true identity, the farmer rejected his family and sex I long ago concluded that divorce arises out of uncontrollable human instincts including self preservation, protection and survival. A person going through divorce, whether they admit it or not, is forced to think almost exclusively of what is in his or her best…

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Adultery, divorce and a modern-day “epidemic”

January 24, 2008 1 comment

Are people who claim to enjoy “no strings attached” liaisons deluding themselves? Is Britain in the grip of an adultery epidemic? Reading Angela Levin’s three-part investigation in The Daily Telegraph, you would think so.  Perhaps she is right. The newspaper provides positive advice to prevent it happening, and advice and tips on how to survive…

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Cohabitation and the “common law marriage” myth

January 23, 2008 9 comments

It is worrying that so few cohabitants have taken steps to safeguard their positions. Cohabitation remains a popular choice of relationship in Britain. More than one third of people (36 per cent) have cohabited in the past, and one in nine (11 per cent) do so at present. Unfortunately, my office is frequently consulted by…

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