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Family law reform: is it out of this world?

April 23, 2010 11 comments

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The Milky Way Galaxy is a spectacular collection of millions of stars; together, they form a bright, shining band across the night sky. On Wednesday night, I felt as if I was watching family law’s Milky Way. I was at a party in London, at the invitation of Nicholas Mostyn QC, to celebrate his ascension…

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Remembering Francine Morris (nee Rivlin) at the University of Leeds

April 12, 2010 6 comments

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There is something wonderful about the Parkinson building at the University of Leeds. The white tower can be seen from vantage points all over the city; it is a reminder that we are fortunate to have a world-renowned university here. The steps leading up to the library in that building are where most graduands, wearing their hard-earned caps and gowns, will stand…

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First Wife v Second Wife: which one gets priority?

April 8, 2010 0 comments

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The recent case of Vaughan v Vaughan, which involved an elderly divorced couple and made the news while I was away on holiday last week, has led me to wonder. How should a husband divvy up the spoils of a lifetime between his former wife and his current wife? When he has continued to maintain them…

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The David and Goliath of Divorce

April 1, 2010 0 comments

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I’m sitting writing this post, looking down the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba (left), with the sun setting on the mountains. I am in Eilat, Israel, for my Passover break and I can’t pretend it’s not wonderful. The weather is beautiful and I’m feeling for my colleagues enduring the weather in North Yorkshire and Cheshire. I…

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Silver Divorce: until divorce do us part?

March 30, 2010 1 comment

I have written on more than one occasion about “Silver Divorce”:  the rise of divorce amongst couples in their 50s and 60s. For this group, the stigma of divorce has more or less gone. People have greater longevity, financial security and often view retirement as a new beginning, rather than an end. In certain cases,…

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