Better Marriage Counselling Contributing to Fall in Divorce Rates

In their recent article Divorce rate lowest for 29 years, the BBC quote Claire Tyler, chief executive of Relate as saying "Relationship support works, with 80% of respondents to a Relate survey, who wanted to keep their relationship together, stating they felt counselling helped to strengthen their relationship.

Full post: Family Law Collaborative Divorce Blog

Police pension schemes - issues when commissioning actuarial reports in divorce

The general issues with police pensions are similar to those of the armed forces: 1. CETVs are not appropriate valuations for use in divorce 2. Distorted CETVs means distorted pension share percentages.

Full post: The Ancillary Actuary

Divorce Statistics

Resolution is again backing calls for divorce law reform in England and Wales after newly released statistics highlight the flaws of a “blame centred” divorce process.

Full post: Judith's Divorce Blog

Divorce – sorry seems to be the hardest word

Some female clients point to the lack of remorse shown by a cheating spouse. “He denied it for months on end”, “he told me I was imagining things and that I’m mad” and “he won’t even say sorry!” are just some of the comments that I have heard many times over.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Big Breasted Woman Appeals Court Decision

I’m a little puzzled by this article by Martin Evans at The Telegraph, entitled ‘Lesbian Mother Appeals Court Decision After Daughter Removed’.

Full post: Pink Tape

Does Charon have a point, or is he just making mischief?

In a post a couple of days ago in which he contemplated the divorce laws of Britain Charon QC pondered why lawyers who deal with the fantastically rich are so rich themselves.

Full post: Family Lore

Are some children ‘unplaceable’?

I just read that the Attorney-General is to review the sentences handed out to the two young brothers in the Edlington case.

Full post: Wigless

Netherlands: Changing Hague Abduction Case Practice

It is reported that the Dutch State will no longer take legal action against Dutch citizens in cases of international child abduction, under a legislative amendment agreed by the Dutch cabinet.

Full post: International Family Law

Attitudes towards cohabitation

I've just been looking at the press release for the British Social Attitudes ('BSA') 26th Report, which was published today.

Full post: Family Lore

Divorce in Europe: primed for change?

On Friday I enjoyed the company of family lawyers from around Europe ... With so many of us gathered in one place, the talk turned to family law – and how we are separated by our respective countries’ laws, customs and conventions.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: are they any good?

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements have been in and out of the news over the past year.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Human Bed-Warmers

I was asked a strange question today. As a divorce lawyer where do I stand on Holiday Inn’s announcement that it is to trial human bed-warmers?

Full post: Judith's Divorce Blog

Reformed Meat

So the Government has published its Families & Relationships Green Paper in which it proposes a fundamental review of the Family Justice System and a number of other reforms.

Full post: Pink Tape

Divorce and children: how “conciliation hearings” can heal disagreements

Divorce cases that involve disagreements about children are often described as “difficult”. Emotions run high; at a local level the judiciary may have to fall upon its own judgement when asked to choose one suitable option above others. Bitterness, heartache and large legal bills can result. Is there another way? I think so.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Politicians are really annoying

I read in The Times that politicians propose to require all divorcing couples to go to mediation. Madness.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Families and Relationships Green Paper: Improving the family justice system?

I have been perusing the Government's Families and Relationships Green Paper, which was published today...

Full post: Family Lore

Cameron’s Cold Feet

I simply couldn’t resist returning to the blawgosphere with a little something about David Cameron’s recent discussion of marriage.

Full post: Wigless

Hello – Do you COPY?

... why is it that Her Maj’s Court Service increasingly expects counsel to stay at court – without payment – drafting orders which by rights should be drawn up by court staff, only then to demand £5 per page for the luxury of a photocopy of that order?

Full post: Pink Tape

Behind Closed Doors? Documents & other information to be used in court

Uncharacteristically, I thought I would kick of my blogposts for 2010 (the start of a new decade called ....? answers on a postcard please) with a little piece about ancillary relief though some of the points it raises may be just as applicable to children cases.

Full post: Family Law Week blog

Marriage - the end of an institution

Families are becoming a hot political topic, not before time, but I still find it difficult to raise too much enthusiasm.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Divorce: how to calculate “reasonable needs”

As family lawyers, we talk a lot about needs when we advise our clients. We talk of capital needs for housing, transport and to redeem liabilities and income needs to meet ongoing annual and monthly expenditure.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

With divorce enquiries on the rise, is it time to change the rules?

As marriage rates have fallen in recent years, divorce rates have also gone down, but family solicitors reported a massive surge in divorce enquiries from clients in the run up to Christmas and predicted the number of petitions will soar in 2010.

Full post: Law Gazette News Blog

Credit where it’s due?

Walsh v Singh [2009] EWHC 32 is a fascinating case about constructive trust (CT) and proprietary estoppel (PE), or at least it could have been.

Full post: Nearly Legal

The Children App

Some time ago I was playing with my iPhone, wondering what apps I could justifiably claim as tax deductible, when I chanced across the Child Law App

Full post: Pink Tape

Legal Emissions

Public buildings are some of the biggest culprits in terms of carbon emissions according to a government survey reported this week.

Full post: Pink Tape

Life after divorce: limit your exposure

Divorce is not an event that can be recovered from in minutes, weeks or months. I was thinking about this as I travelled 200 miles back to the north of England after my appearance on GMTV earlier this week.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Walsh v Singh: A classic cohabitee case

I have been considering the case of Walsh v Singh & Anor [2009] EWHC 3219 (Ch). I don't think that it decides anything new, but I would still recommend that it be read, as it seems to me to be a classic application of the (current) property rules relating to cohabitees.

Full post: Family Lore

French Government intend to make shouting at your partner a criminal offence

The French Premier, Francois Fillon, has announced the government’s intention to create a new criminal offence of ‘psychological violence’ where couples are married or cohabiting.

Full post: Pannone Family Blog