The Marilyn Stowe Family Law and Divorce Blog has come a long way since the very first post in late 2007. The number of contributors has gone up as more members of Stowe Family Law’s very talented team have added their expert knowledge and the range of subjects covered has similarly expanded. But the one thing I am perhaps most proud of is the expansion in the blog’s readership.
The blog has also grown quite substantially since last year. In total, there were 418,225 individual visitors in 2015 but this year that number was 536,863. This represents an increase of just over 28 per cent. Similarly, the number of page views has gone up in the same time period. Last year there were just 768,108 page views and in 2016 this had grown by more than 31 per cent to 1,007,548.
A lot of posts this year prompted vigorous debate in the comments section. Our most commented-on stories were:
A Plaid Cymru MP told BBC Radio that the UK’s policy on immigration was “discriminatory” and led to the separation of families which include a foreign partner.
The BBC presenter and former footballer earned the ire of Marilyn Stowe with some rather ill-advised comments about divorce lawyers and the cost of the process.
Marilyn Stowe often receives questions from clients and readers alike about child maintenance, so she decided to write a post which explained an element of this complicated area of family law.
Prompted by a recent judgment, Mrs Stowe looked at the intricacies of the law regarding child support.
Solicitor Amy Foweather talked about the criminalisation of “coercive control” and how it relates to divorce.
In a video post, Mrs Stowe discussed the always controversial subject of child arrangements following a divorce or separation.
Following the referendum on EU membership this summer, a lot of people compared it to a divorce. But does the comparison hold up?
After a news article claimed that as many as 60 per cent of female lawyers felt their careers had been hindered by gender bias, Marilyn Stowe offered her thoughts on the issue.
Paul Apreda, the National Manager of the Welsh charity FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru, claimed that family law was “gendered” and that this represented a significant problem.
The profession’s first ever trade union was formed in late September following a meeting in a Parliament committee room.
We always welcome such debate on the blog, provided things are kept civil. Hopefully we will have more of this in 2017. Are there any posts from this year that you particularly liked? What kind would you like to see more of next year? Feel free to let us know.