The Marilyn Stowe Family Law and Divorce Blog has been running for nearly ten years and in that time we have gone out of our way to provide quality advice, legal information, useful videos and ‘how to’ guides along with the latest family law news, which we recently started shooting videos on.
This has not gone unnoticed by the legal community at large and the blog was recently listed as one of the ten best in the world. DRS Legal, a law firm in Adelaide, Australia, compiled a list of the top 100 divorce blogs in the world and ranked the Marilyn Stowe Blog as the best family law blog in the UK and seventh best globally. They had done some good research which is why we value their ranking.
In the brief entry about the blog, DRS Legal describes it as “truly one of the best places to turn to on how to rebuild your life after divorce”. It provides readers with “answers to all your divorce questions”. Mrs Stowe is also praised as “one of the UK’s best-known family lawyers, with more than 30 years of experience in handling divorces”. She “has plenty of wisdom to share”, according to the Australian firm.
“Back in 2007, blogs were pretty rare but the more I thought about it and the more I discussed with people who were far more innovative than me, the more I became convinced it was the way forward. I have always liked leading from the front rather than playing catch-up later on.
But what exactly to write about? Over time I tried various different approaches, some intensely personal, some about current law, some about dealing with the emotional impact of family situations. Whatever I was writing seemed to hit the spot and the blog grew and grew. It has now grown to its present size where we are seeing some 60,000 hits per month, from people mainly in the UK but also all over the world. James Turner QC once tweeted me from a family law conference in Malaysia to tell me how the blog had been authoritatively quoted over there.
We’ve been helped by all the readers who comment and engage in interesting discussions, ask interesting questions and it’s true that many hold opinions very different from my own. But I believe in freedom of speech and so long as it’s not offensive, defamatory, or in breach of court-imposed restrictions, we will publish. Another reason we do so, is that I’m fully aware that there are many people who go through the family law system and feel they never get to put forward their side of the story, who feel that their views are overridden and the law is against them. This blog is a platform for comments by those people.”
It is an honour to be ranked so highly and is good to see that all the effort put into making the blog so informative has been recognised.