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September 1, 2009
We often hear clients say things like “We have lived together for over 20 years, surely I must have the same rights as I would if we were married?” or “my boyfriend and I own the house together but I paid the deposit, so I must be entitled to more of the equity?” The answer to both of these questions is very often “no”. There is no such thing as the common law spouse. When relations...
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August 25, 2009
When news of Kerry's alleged drug episode hit the papers, ex-husband Brian McFadden was said to be furious. And according to reports, he's stepped up his bid for custody of daughters Molly and Lilly Sue. But Brian surprised many be staying in Australia when the scandal hit. The last time the girls saw Brian was during their visit Down Under two weeks ago. Hours after returning, Kerry was apparent...
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August 14, 2009
Grandparents are an important part of family life. They certainly were in mine, being my closest confidants as I grew up. I could tell them things as a maturing teenager I couldn't tell my parents, and they gave me wise advice. I certainly benefited from the wisdom and love of my grandparents. On family breakdown, the bulk of attention will, of course, focus upon the couple and their children, bu...
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July 3, 2009
Yesterday, I thought about placing a bet on the outcome of the Radmacher v Granatino case. I would have backed the outside chance that the Court of Appeal would uphold the pre-nuptial agreement, even with all the odds stacked against me. English law doesn't automatically recognise such agreements. It is about needs, obligations and distributing assets and income fairly. Yet, I thought, times have...
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June 19, 2009
  Marilyn Stowe and the team were  joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Trafford and local business leaders to celebrate 12 months in their Cheshire Office based in Oxford Road, Hale.  The newest office of the Yorkshire and Cheshire based law firm has enjoyed a successful year and the firm's partners toasted its success  with guests at an anniversary drinks reception. Marilyn Stow...
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June 14, 2009
Alessia Horwich and Julian Knight look at ways for over-60s to avoid financial doom if a marriage breaks up. If recent high-profile divorces have taught us anything, it's that bringing a marriage to an end can be an expensive business. The overall divorce rate may be falling, but with longer life expectancy, changing family structures and attitudes towards relationships, the number of couples sp...
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June 8, 2009
Lawyers predict couples will avoid a split during the credit crunch, yet many marriages will suffer from financial pressure. Jonathan Owen reports Money worries among married couples are likely to cause a drop in UK divorce rates, according to a survey of 70 of Britain's top divorce lawyers. Nearly half of all lawyers believe the numbers of divorcing couples will fall because of the credit crunch...
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May 30, 2009
Stowe Family Law were proud to continue their association with York Racecourse, sponsoring the feature race on 30 May 2009. Marilyn Stowe presented the winners trophy and prize fund to winning owner Piers Pottinger following the win by Caracciola before a 30,000 strong crowd.
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April 24, 2009
One of the country's best known divorce lawyers is backing Ripon Races. Marilyn Stowe, who heads a successful Harrogate law firm, is sponsoring the Stowe Family Law LLP Handicap Stakes at tomorrow's race meeting. It is the third year running her firm has sponsored the event. "I'm very pleased to be continuing our sponsorship in 2009," said Mrs Stowe. "With so much bad news around we are more keen ...
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April 23, 2009
THE BUDGET, naturally enough, dominates all comment today...     In The Daily Telegraph, Benedict Brogan says the budget tells us that Labour will fight the next election on an old-fashioned platform of wealth-destroying taxes and reckless spending. Simon Heffer believes the idiocy, bigotry, tribalism and sheer class hatred of the budget not only shows that the Labour party has no in...
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