Family law news around the world

November 14, 2014 0 comments

family law

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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Getting divorced: a user’s guide

November 4, 2014 1 comment

divorce

So you’re getting divorced. Quite how you feel about that prospect will, of course, depend on the circumstances. Are you divorcing your spouse or being divorced by them? No one likes to feel like a victim of circumstances we cannot control – that is one of the worst sources of stress that life can throw…

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Marilyn on arbitration

October 21, 2014 1 comment

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law, blog, video

It really is a shame how few people know about arbitration. When it comes to family disputes, it combines the best parts about the courtroom with the best parts of mediation. In addition to being a mediator, I am an arbitrator. I would not be an arbitrator if I wasn’t convinced of its effectiveness. I…

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Is arbitration finally gaining momentum?

September 2, 2014 0 comments

parliament

Yesterday, Parliament returned from its summer recess. With the government back in session, what is the likelihood that they will act to make arbitration in family law matters a more visible option for divorcing couples? The removal of legal aid in the vast majority of divorce cases has left the potential divorcee with a trilemma…

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Free mediation for all if one party has legal aid

August 20, 2014 4 comments

mediation, arbitration

One session of mediation will be free for everyone involved if one of the parties has legal aid, the government announced today. Currently, the only person entitled to a free mediation session is the party who has the legal aid. This can deter the other spouse from attending as they will still have to pay…

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Financial remedies group reports on divorce law reform

August 13, 2014 1 comment

financial remedy

The Financial Remedies Working Group established by the President of the Family Division has published its first report. The legal term ‘financial remedies’ refers to family court proceedings which involve money, for example maintenance. Sir James Munby announced the formation of the group earlier this year in his 12th View from the President’s Chambers, saying:…

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It’s time to get serious about arbitration

July 30, 2014 3 comments

arbitration, mediation

It’s time to face the facts. The coalition government’s obsession with mediation has failed. It is now time to get serious about an alternative which has been overlooked for too long: arbitration. The family courts are overcrowded. A huge number of people seeking a divorce, or the right to see their children have put a…

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