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Why Iain Duncan-Smith is wrong about marriage

November 19, 2008 2 comments

To my mind, the CSJ has jumped firmly onto a conservative (with a small c) bandwagon. I would go so far as to say that its proposals are reminiscent of the mindset of the American politician Sarah Palin, whose extreme opinions may have helped propel Barack Obama to victory. You can read the CSJ’s report…

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In the news: the CSA, CMEC and Madonna

October 24, 2008 3 comments

This has been a busy week – even by my standards! In addition to my day to day work, I was invited to appear on BBC 1’s The One Show, to discuss the imminent introduction of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC). It is set to take over from the much-loathed Child Support Agency….

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Death and divorce – where does the money go?

October 22, 2008 10 comments

Every so often, something dreadfully unexpected happens in a divorce case: one of the parties dies. The chances of this are slim but when it happens, everything is thrown into turmoil. What happens to the couple’s assets? Regardless of any will that has – or hasn’t – been made, the court has power under Section…

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Family law, pre-nups and Sir Mark Potter

October 21, 2008 0 comments

Sir Mark Potter’s appointment in April 2005 to head the Family Division came as a surprise. He arrived apparently almost new to family law, having specialised in commercial law, and his appointment as head of the entire Family Court system was viewed by many commentators as unexpected – to put it mildly. While there were…

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Divorcee and the Gigolo

October 14, 2008 1 comment

A new French film explores the conduct of a 51-year-old woman who, following the collapse of her marriage, pays for sex with much younger men. Cliente stars well-known French actress Nathalie Baye as the divorcee who seeks to escape from her boring life, and turns to a gigolo. I am sure that the scenario will…

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Family, friends and forgiveness

October 7, 2008 0 comments

Sometimes people tell me the ‘real me’ is lost in my professional, ‘clinical lawyer’ persona and that I should share more of my real self with others. With this in mind, I spent some time reflecting on recent events and thought I would share my thoughts with my blog’s readers. So….like it or not, what…

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Divorce solicitors: why clients seek second opinions

October 3, 2008 1 comment

I often see clients who are looking for second opinions on their cases. Many of them have started off with local solicitors, or solicitors they have known for many years. Typically, such a client had been brimming with confidence at first, and had been assured that family law was straightforward. After a few months, however,…

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The credit crunch divorce: do you get what you pay for?

October 2, 2008 2 comments

The effects of the economic turbulence are laid out for all to see. This weekend I attended one of Yorkshire’s big charity balls. Last year there were no spare tables, and guests overflowed into additional halls. The ladies present were immaculately groomed and decked with twinkling jewels. Money streamed across the “casino” tables and glasses…

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