Men vs divorce

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December 9, 2017 1 comment

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If divorce rivals bereavement and moving house as one of the most stressful events that life can throw at us, are there any differences in the way men and women respond to this upheaval? The traditional, stereotypical view of divorce went something like this: a devoted, stay-at-home mother is devastated to find that her caddish,…

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On the road again: divorce in the 21st century

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December 6, 2017 0 comments

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Financial Remedy Courts to be introduced These days I usually try not to fall for the hackneyed device of using song titles for titles of blog posts, but the old song by Canned Heat just didn’t leave my mind when I was considering the President’s circular on Financial Remedy Courts, that was published last Friday….

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Divorce doesn’t have to be a battle

December 5, 2017 4 comments

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Yes, there are amicable splits, but getting divorced is normally a very difficult time for everyone involved. Flashpoints and rows flare daily between two people who were once at their happiest in each other’s company, and the emotional toll can take years to recover from. The very nature of divorce appears to be combative. As…

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Is divorce a sign of failure?

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December 5, 2017 2 comments

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In this post I’m going to step into waters that I don’t usually traverse. I know that some family lawyers regularly discuss the ‘non-legal’ aspects of divorce: the practical, emotional and psychological impact it has on those going through it. Marilyn Stowe was particularly good at it – her book Divorce & Splitting Up, for…

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Another case of disastrous family litigation

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November 23, 2017 4 comments

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How many times have I seen this? Parties to family cases so determined to ‘win’ that they embark upon long and disastrous litigation, utterly oblivious of the effect it is having upon their finances, their emotions and their children. Of course, there are no winners in such situations. Everyone loses save, of course, the lawyers….

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Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 14 comments

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The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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Fighting to see your grandchildren?

November 19, 2017 4 comments

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When someone becomes a grandparent, it’s generally a very happy event and nobody expects to one day find themselves fighting to even see the adorable kids in question. But sadly for all concerned – not least the children themselves – grandparents can and do find themselves shut out. If their son or daughter splits up…

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Professional golfer reaches last minute divorce settlement

November 14, 2017 0 comments

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English professional golfer Lee Westwood has reached a last minute financial settlement with his estranged wife, avoiding a court hearing in Florida. Westwood married Laurae (sic) Coltart in 1999 – the sister of rival professional golfer Andrew Coltart. The couple went on to have two children but the relationship broke down in 2015 and they…

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