Silly season

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January 2, 2018 3 comments

family law

I thought that the expression ‘silly season’ referred to the period in high summer when there was so little news about that news outlets had to come up with various ‘silly’ stories to fill their publications. However, it seems from some of the things I read last week that the term can just as well…

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The digital age dawns: online divorce

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June 23, 2017 3 comments

online court

I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system. Part of the talk involved a…

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Divorce petitions: then and now

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August 1, 2016 4 comments

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Let’s take a little trip down Memory Lane. I spent a year before university working in Boots to earn some money. Later I took a typing course in order to work at law firms when I was at university, and then I worked for nine months at a legal aid law firm run by my…

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Court jumps the gun on financial relief

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May 4, 2016 0 comments

marriage

“It is trite law that orders for financial relief may only be ‘made’ (“the court may make”) on the “granting of a decree of divorce, a decree of nullity of marriage or a decree of judicial separation or at any time thereafter (whether, in the case of a decree of divorce or of nullity of…

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Wife struggles to divorce paedophile husband

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April 7, 2016 0 comments

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Yesterday, I read a story in the Daily Mail about a Surrey woman who discovered her husband was a convicted paedophile after their wedding and has apparently been unable to divorce him for five years. I found this incredible, especially since she had reportedly taken legal advice. While the couple were on their honeymoon in…

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Judge rules divorce obtained by fraud

January 13, 2016 1 comment

family law

A Family Court judge has ruled that a Hasidic man obtained his divorce by fraud. The 39 year-old was introduced to his Israeli wife in 2002. Both were members of the ultra-orthodox Satmar branch of Hasidic Judaism. They married in a civil ceremony in London later that year, although they did not live together or…

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The six steps to divorce

December 13, 2015 2 comments

Divorce & Splitting Up

In this extract from her book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, Marilyn Stowe discusses the usual route to divorce. As of now, divorce remains a six-step process. 1/ The first step is to lodge the divorce petition with the court. If there are children to the marriage, the petition must…

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Businessman does not own classic car collection

September 1, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

In the latest stage of a long running financial dispute between a wealthy businessman and his estranged wife, the High Court has declared that he is not the true owner of a classic car collection. The case, described by Judge Sir Peter Singer as “convoluted and complex”, centred around the husband’s claims that substantial assets…

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