Call for ‘blame-free’ divorce

February 23, 2015 4 comments

Marriage

The law should be changed to allow for a ‘no-blame divorce’, a family law organisation has claimed. Under current English law, you can only divorce on a single ground: the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and this can be demonstrated by citing one of five facts: unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion, separation for two years with…

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Arbitration and costs: A year in family law part 3

December 29, 2014 18 comments

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In the final part of our series, Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe reflects on significant legal developments over the last twelve months. One of the most encouraging developments in family law for me over the last year has been the increasing profile of arbitration, a firmer and more effective alternative to mediation and…

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2014 review part 2: justice for all by John Bolch

December 23, 2014 0 comments

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The first four months of the year brought great changes to the family justice system in this country. However, that did not mean that all who were to use the system found the justice they were seeking… The tone was set by the architect of so many of those changes, the President of the Family…

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Every week is dispute resolution week by John Bolch

November 25, 2014 0 comments

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I understand that it is Family Dispute Resolution Week. Organised by family lawyers’ association Resolution, the aim of the ‘awareness-raising’ week is “to highlight the alternatives to court for separating couples and their families”. That sounds all very well and good, and I’m obviously all for settling family disputes out of court, but surely every…

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Family Dispute Resolution in the spotlight

November 24, 2014 0 comments

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Today marks the state of Family Dispute Resolution Week. This event is held each year by family law organisation Resolution to raise awareness of the various alternatives to confrontational court appearances for resolving family conflict. Once upon a time Resolution was known as the Solicitors Family Law Association. It works to highlight mediation, arbitration and…

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Marilyn Stowe on Sky News: the impact of divorce

November 24, 2014 1 comment

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Earlier today, I appeared on Sky News to discuss the impact of divorce. I was interviewed by legendary presenter Dermot Murnaghan and we had a lively conversation. The appearance was prompted by a new study by family law organisation Resolution. It found that 65 per cent of young people aged 14 to 22 believe their…

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Family law news around the world

November 14, 2014 0 comments

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It’s been a very busy week for Stowe Family Law. Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe appeared in The Times to talk about the importance of arbitration, and wrote an article for the Yorkshire Post to discuss how to approach sperm donation. As regular readers will know, we also try to cast our eyes outside of the…

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Marilyn Stowe on arbitration in The Times

November 13, 2014 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law

As regular readers of the blog will know, I am an enthusiastic supporter of arbitration as a means of settling family disputes. As a qualified arbitrator, I am well aware of how effective it can be. So you can imagine how much I want people to take notice. As I said in The Times today,…

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