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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Supreme Court to hear defended divorce dispute

August 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

A woman in her 60s has been granted permission to appeal her bitter divorce dispute at the Supreme Court. Last year Tini Owens was refused a divorce from Hugh, her husband of no less than 35 years. Unusually he decided to defend her application, and even more unusually the Judge ruled in his favour, claiming…

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The return of acrimony to divorce proceedings

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June 7, 2017 1 comment

family law

I suppose it was inevitable. It has been reported that divorce petitions based upon ‘unreasonable behaviour’ are being drafted with far more acrimonious allegations, following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Owen v Owens in March this year. To recap from the beginning, if a person wishes to commence divorce proceedings before they have been…

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How to get divorced (part two)

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December 22, 2016 3 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER Each week, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Last Thursday, Neil Dring, who is based in our Wetherby office, explained how to begin the divorce process in England and Wales. Here he examines the commonest fault-based grounds for divorce.   Adultery The first and perhaps easier…

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What exactly is ‘unreasonable behaviour’?

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November 15, 2016 6 comments

child abuse

There has been much talk recently of the introduction of no-fault divorce. I have written about it here myself many times, and only last week I wrote about a recent case that I felt was an advertisement for the benefits of no-fault divorce. However, for the time being, we are stuck with a fault-based system,…

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Private investigators, adultery and divorce

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November 2, 2016 1 comment

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Private investigators are almost commonplace in popular culture. If one film or TV character suspects their spouse is up to no good, they call a PI. This invariably results in photographic evidence of their partner’s indiscretion, usually infidelity. But surely this isn’t the case in the real world, right? Actually, using a private investigator is…

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Adultery and the law

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October 11, 2016 4 comments

family life

The news last week has been dominated by the pending presidential election in the United States. The lumbering Trump and Clinton campaigns continue to roll around the nation, with their increasingly acrimonious TV debates attracting huge audiences. I think it would be fair to say that neither candidate has an unchequered past or broad popular…

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An amicable divorce

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June 27, 2016 1 comment

mediation, family law

“It’s not an amicable divorce, but it was not exactly a tight love affair anyway.” So said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker the other day, with a hint of grim humour. But what does it take to achieve an amicable divorce, and is such a thing even possible? I’m not sure it is, and obviously…

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