BBC One’s ‘The Split’ vs reality

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April 26, 2018 5 comments

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At 9:00pm on a Tuesday evening, after eight hours in Court, what could possibly make a family lawyer sit down to watch a BCC drama about divorce and divorce lawyers? Because last night that’s exactly what I did, watching the first of six episodes of “The Split”. “Coals to Newcastle” and “Busman’s holiday” and similar…

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Baroness Hale: no fault divorce would strengthen responsibility

April 24, 2018 2 comments

Baroness Hale

No fault divorce would increase a general sense of family responsibility the President of the Supreme Court has claimed. Speaking over the weekend at the annual conference of Resolution, Baroness Hale of Richmond gave her stamp of approval to the family law organisation’s ongoing campaign to reform Britain’s ageing divorce laws, saying: “It may seem…

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New Resolution Chair promises to keep on campaigning

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April 24, 2018 0 comments

Resolution

But will it make any difference? For the benefit of those who don’t know, I suppose I should begin this post by explaining exactly what Resolution is. It is an association of family lawyers (originally, and I think rather more helpfully, called the ‘Solicitors Family Law Association’, or ‘SFLA’ for short), which was formed in…

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Elderly woman wins claim on her partner’s estate

April 6, 2018 2 comments

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A woman who received nothing in the will left by her partner of four decades has won a High Court case. Joan Thompson, 79, lived with the late Wynford Hodge for less than 42 years, but his will allocated his entire £1.5 million fortune to the tenants of one his properties. In the document, he…

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Family Division President calls for no fault divorce

March 23, 2018 10 comments

family law

No fault divorce would help women who are “trapped in a loveless marriage”, the President of the Family Division has claimed. Speaking to the Edinburgh Law School earlier this week, Sir James Munby referred to the contentious case of Owens v Owens, in which a woman in her 60s was refused a divorce from her…

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Sir Paul Coleridge backs newspaper campaign for family law reform

January 3, 2018 0 comments

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Former High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has backed a newspaper campaign for family law reform. Writing in The Times this week, the Marriage Foundation chair described the Family Matters campaign as “both timely and courageous” and expressed his full support. The aims of Family Matters include the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, automatic recognition…

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Looking back and moving forward

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January 2, 2018 0 comments

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As the old saying goes, time flies. It’s been quite a year at Stowe Family Law and time really has flown by in an exciting and challenging blur. It’s hard to believe that it was only February that we received the investment from Livingbridge to support our future growth plans and at the same time…

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