A spurious argument for reform

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January 4, 2018 3 comments

family law

The things I do for Stowe Family Law. Breaking my rule never to ‘play along’ with anyone who chooses to put their content behind a paywall, I registered with The Times, albeit only for two free articles, in order to read an article by former High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge on the issue of…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

family law

This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Scottish divorce law ‘leaves wives worse off’

December 13, 2017 5 comments

finances and divorce

Differences between Scottish and English divorce law can leave wives worse off according to a legal organisation. Consensus Collaboration Scotland is a north-of-the-border network of lawyers and financial experts working to promote alternatives to the courtroom for divorces and family disputes. Speaking to Scottish newspaper The Herald, member Denise Laverty noted that: “One of the…

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The reality of domestic abuse

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December 12, 2017 5 comments

family life

A picture of life on the ‘front line’ I suspect that most people who have not suffered or witnessed it would have only a vague idea of the reality of domestic abuse. That is understandable. I thought that as a solicitor who practised family law for about a quarter of a century I would have…

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Cohabitation Awareness Week: James’s story

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November 29, 2017 0 comments

family life

James and Sarah met at University, whilst watching a band in the Student’s Union (neither could remember afterwards who the band were). James was studying for a teaching qualification, and Sarah was doing a business studies course. They hit it off immediately, and soon became ‘an item’. Their relationship blossomed throughout the rest of their…

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Early advice ‘saves money’

November 27, 2017 3 comments

family law

People who receive early legal advice are more likely to resolve their problems quickly new research suggests. Conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Law Society, the pollsters found a clear link between advice within the first three months of a case and the chances of resolution within a similar time period. A quarter of those…

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Fighting to see your grandchildren?

November 19, 2017 4 comments

family life

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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