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26th July 2018
The long-awaited decision of the Supreme Court in the defended divorce of Mr & Mrs Owens was finally delivered today (Wednesday 25 July). Sadly Mrs Owens will remain locked in her loveless marriage until 2020, by which time she will have been separated for five years. Whilst it was acknowledged that the current law had not kept pace with modern relationships, the Supreme Court was…
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20th July 2018
In my view, a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan is a decision that serves only to confuse the public. At the end of June, the court ruled unanimously that Steinfeld and Keidan had been discriminated against because only same sex couples could enter into a civil partnership. While I am not trying to dissuade anyone from this argument,…
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20th July 2018
For all family lawyers and mediators, on-going refresher training is essential if we are to ensure our knowledge and skills remain relevant and up-to-date. I recently undertook training in consulting with children to boost my family law mediation skills. It is a long established principle first set out in the 1989 Children Act’s welfare checklist that during divorce the feelings and wishes of children should…
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19th February 2018
The devastating loss of a loved one killed through someone else’s fault is a situation that, frankly, our law struggles to deal with: what value should be put on the loss of a life, and how should compensation be calculated? The dreadful answer is that, although financial costs such as funeral expenses can successfully be claimed, in law a life in itself has no financial…
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09th February 2018
Most people, when asked to name a symptom of dementia, automatically think of memory loss - yet there is so much more to dementia than impaired memory. Dementia is not a natural part of our ageing process, it is a disease of the brain that can affect a person’s visual-spatial skills, orientation, emotions and language, as well as their ability to organise. In the UK…
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15th January 2018
Relate, the UK's largest provider of relationship support services, has recently published a report on how single people in the UK feel about being single. Having polled a representative group of 4,000 single people, Relate's data provides interesting indications of how society views being single versus being in a relationship. With some exceptions, especially perhaps during the Christmas period, people do generally enjoy each other’s…
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04th September 2017
It is no secret that the UK is a nation of pet lovers. Many of us think of our pets as integral members of the family. But what happens to our furry friends when families break up? While the average length of an English marriage is 11 years, most domestic dogs and cats will live longer than this and, in some cases, much longer. So…
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25th July 2017
In today’s digital environment, advanced technology is becoming increasingly available to the general public – just recently a major bank introduced biometric technology to allow customers access to their online accounts via retinal scan identification. Not so long ago, technology of this sort was the stuff of spy thriller story-lines; now it is available to anyone with access to a computer or a smartphone. Developments…
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25th July 2017
Now this year’s series of Love Island on ITV has drawn to a close, I am left thinking about what it means to be in a ‘relationship’ in the 21st century. Whether or not we are willing to admit it, millions of us have tuned in to watch a television show that brings the pursuit of love, sex and the inevitable explosive breakups directly from…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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