Holiday Misery – “Now try claiming on your travel insurance”

Watching all those wretched people suffering from the indignities of the delays caused by striking British Airways staff, my heart sank when I heard the announcement from BA intended to soften the horror. Any losses suffered by any of the passengers should be claimed from their travel insurers?!

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A holyday is not just for Christmas!

As a divorce lawyer I should be rubbing my hands with glee at the announcement that millions of people will have their holidays cancelled because the inevitable result will be that marriages will yet again be torn apart. However, I am not. Like many others, I feel a sense of outrage at the decision by British Airways staff to strike at this special time.

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Getting through your Divorce

In order for you to make correct decisions when going through a divorce, your emotional state is crucial. It is therefore imperative that you understand in relationship breakdown that you will experience a whole raft of emotions from distress, anger, a desire for revenge, to acceptance and then moving on. Some people get stuck in the first and second stages.

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Divorce Lawyer – Changes & Pressures Within The Legal Profession

Like others within the legal profession I was very sad to have read the tragic story of Catherine Bailey, a partner at a leading City law firm who committed suicide this week. Having practiced as a divorce lawyer for 30 years I have seen many changes within the legal profession, with increasing pressure put upon women, and I have personally suffered from it at times throughout my career much more than my friends in other professions.

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Why is life in Britain so annoying and causing so mush more divorce?

This week the Conservatives announced that they would insist in the future upon a cooling off period for couples thinking about divorce. I am of the view that most couples will not welcome a three month delay but see it as one other issue in a long line of frustrations facing them in their daily lives.

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Last week in a ground breaking case in the Court of Appeal three Judges decided that a pre-nuptial contract entered into by a wealthy heiress before the marriage in Germany should be recognised as binding in divorce proceedings in England. In future the Courts will give due weight to such pre-nuptial agreements if they are freely entered into by the parties.

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Redundancy Anxiety Syndrome (or RAS)

As a divorce lawyer, I have witnessed many patterns of behaviour that lead to an increase in divorce or relationship breakdown. A new phenomenon is developing which I refer to as Redundancy Anxiety Syndrome and has been confirmed by many psychologists and therapists over the last 12 months as we have entered into the current recession.

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Are Men King of the Financial Castle in the Home?

As a divorce lawyer with twenty eight years experience I was very interested to read of Tessa Jowell’s current predicament. At present there appears to be a media frenzy criticising her for her purported lack of knowledge of her husband’s financial affairs but this could well be true.

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Women doing well in Law

“Having been in the legal professional for over 30 years there has been a massive change of attitude between the profession dominated by the old boy’s network to seeing many women go through the glass ceiling.

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The Hazards of Trading in

The story of Ronnie Wood trading in his beautiful wife Jo for a younger model who looks almost identical is an all too familiar one, particularly for a divorce lawyer like me.

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How to tell if you’re heading for divorce – a his ‘n’ hers guide

He’s always visiting his “mother”. She’s looking up plastic surgeons. A top divorce lawyer opens her files …

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Roman’s waving goodbye to 1.5bn of his fortune

Roman Abramovich may pay for his billion-pound divorce with a massive war chest built up by selling off shares.

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New Year New Start

It comes as no surprise to me, as a divorce lawyer, to learn that Tuesday of this week was regarded as Black Tuesday for marriages and the end of the road for many dwindling relationships. For as long as I’ve been handling divorces, some twenty nine years, it has always been the same – the first working day after the Christmas break is the busiest of the year for us. It’s a bit like the stampede on the first day of the sales, except we have them queuing up round the block for divorces, not discounts.

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Time is the new happiness

When Goldman Sachs announced that their staff would receive multi million pound bonuses this Christmas, people countrywide felt overwhelmed with pangs of envy and anger. Why were they not in that position? Why is it that only the rarefied few can live life without financial worry, how happy they must be?

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Battle of the sexes (or soon to be exes)

This week Anna Pasternak raised the issue of the conflict between Alpha Woman and Gamma Man. I am very pleased that she did so because what she has done is to highlight a problem that divorce lawyers countrywide are seeing every day with the collapse of relationships on an epidemic scale.

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Fast track divorce

With ever increasing divorce cases coming before the Courts, the lack of Judges and lack of court time the system has been grinding to a halt. Like every area of public services, the court system has been and will continue to be hit by Government cuts. Legal Aid funding has virtually disappeared under this Government which has the inevitable effect of clogging up the Courts still further with Litigants acting in Person. Hearing dates are getting further and further away leading to frustration and deep unhappiness with the system.

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The case for father

As a matrimonial practitioner with some twenty eight years experience under my belt, I read with interest the article printed by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

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Nanny takes on a new chore: soothing the pain of divorce

It used to be the aristocracy who relied on the nanny to see them through a divorce. When the Spencers, parents of the late Diana, Princess of Wales divorced more than 30 years ago, the nanny was the key witness, according to Jean Keir, family law partner at Kingsley Napley. The nanny, as well as the maternal grandmother, gave evidence for Earl Spencer who was given custody. The young Diana and Charles stayed at Althorp with their father with a new nanny.

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