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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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A wake-up call

January 18, 2008 0 comments

I have witnessed – and come to respect – the power of emotion on both sides of a divorce. Sometimes I’m asked if I like being a family lawyer. It’s not a hard question to answer. I like people, I like helping people and I like observing human nature. I think it helps me in…

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ITV, “D-Day” divorce – and me

January 10, 2008 0 comments

(Copyright ITV 2008) This week the news has been filled with reports of “Divorce D-Day”. Apparently, Monday was supposed to be the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers.

"Tabling" the assets to mutual advantage

January 9, 2008 0 comments

“His wife demanded half of his future income and bonuses. Could he ever achieve closure?” When assets in a medium-term, “big money” marriage are divided, it can be a difficult case to call. If the capital exceeds the reasonable needs of both husband and wife, how should the surplus be allocated? One client of mine,…

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No place like home in divorce scramble

January 3, 2008 5 comments

Happy New Year – I hope your holiday was relatively stress-free. For some it was not, people wrote to me from abroad for advice about issuing divorce proceedings in England given their respective links with England, such as British nationality, education, owning a property in England etc. It is a growing problem and highlights the…

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A New Year, a new beginning?

December 24, 2007 0 comments

I am always bemused when newspapers claim that the start of the New Year is the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers. Sitting at my desk today, utterly exhausted, I would beg to disagree. In last week’s run up to the holidays, a client flew in from the Channel Isles to see me, I was in London…

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Special celebrations strike the right chord

December 21, 2007 0 comments

The Maynard School was founded 350 years ago by Sir John Maynard, a Cromwellian Roundhead with visionary ambition for the education of girls in Devon. The school at Exeter marked its 350-year milestone this week when I was honoured to be asked to present the prizes and address an audience of over 1,000 people, including…

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