Prison terms in family proceedings

Date: January 3rd, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Father jailed again for non-return of child… Mr Justice Holman has again jailed a father for contempt arising from his refusal to return his small daughter to the United Kingdom. During a family holiday in Egypt in December 2011 he put his daughter in the care of family members there. He returned to England, and… Read the full article

Does A “Clean Break” Settlement Sound Attractive?

Date: November 27th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

There is one thing that divorcing couples all have in common, by the end of the process they want to put the whole episode behind them.  So when someone offers a “clean break” settlement it sounds a terribly attractive phrase.  In fact it is an elephant trap. In the majority of marriages there is economic… Read the full article


Date: November 25th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Court of Appeal very recently dealt with an interesting if complicated legal argument concerning foreign proceedings.  The case concerned a husband and wife, both Indian Nationals and both living in India.  They lived together in England for two years, from 2007 to 2009.  The wife moved back to India in 2010, and the husband… Read the full article

The unwitting bigamists?

Date: November 18th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

You may have seen in the national press recently that 180 Italian couples had their divorces obtained in England annulled. Divorce in Italy is a lengthy, convoluted process and it can at times be costly. It seems that the couples in question decided that England would be a much quicker and simpler alternative for them… Read the full article

How To Stop A Child Abduction

Date: November 11th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A number of years ago I acted for a father in a bitterly contested set of residence (traditionally known as “custody”) proceedings involving a six year old girl (with a foreign born mother).  It culminated in a two day final hearing. We achieved a joint residence order for our client, but at the end of… Read the full article

Research suggests that divorce can be a ‘collective phenomenon’

Date: November 5th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A study conducted by Brown University in the US has concluded that in some cases, a couple are more likely to divorce if the members of their social group are also divorced. The research identified ‘clusters’ of divorces amongst social groups. The findings suggest that when a couple in a particular social group choose to… Read the full article

Is Divorce Really Bad For Men’s Health?

Date: October 25th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

In recent weeks there have been several national publications commenting that divorce is worse for men’s health than it is for women. But is this really true, and if it is, why? The recent press coverage arose from a study conducted by the Journal of Men’s Heath. The study suggested that getting divorced could affect… Read the full article

Am I Being Unreasonable?

Date: October 17th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A few weeks ago a court in Mumbai granted a divorce on the grounds of cruelty based on the wife’s verbal abuse of the husband and her denying him food by locking the refrigerator!  They had been married for 19 years. There have been past stories of wives cutting up their husbands’ clothes over disagreements,… Read the full article

Divorce in Russia: its history and how it is changing today

Date: October 7th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Divorce has existed in Russia for as long as marriage has.  In medieval Russia the registration of births, deaths, marriages and divorces were exclusively controlled by the Orthodox Church.  You’d think that would be a recipe for disaster but in fact the Orthodox Church was surprisingly open-minded for the times, and gave a wide range… Read the full article

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