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Woman whose striped house annoyed neighbours need not repaint it, court says – The Guardian

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A woman who angered her neighbours by decorating her multimillion-pound townhouse with red and white stripes can ignore a planning order to repaint the property, the high court has ruled. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, a property developer, painted candy stripes on the three-storey facade of the terrace home in South End, Kensington, west London, in March 2015. She has denied that the paint job was done to spite neighbours who objected to her plans to demolish the property, currently used for storage, and replace it with a new home. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea served her with a notice under [...]

Woman who set up male-only divorce law firm says men are the ‘biggest losers’ in cases – The Indepen…

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A lawyer who set up her own firm specifically to help men in divorce proceedings has said it is men who are often the “biggest losers” in cases, not women. Barbara Johnson-Stern set up the firm Cordell and Cordell in London in 2015. She told the Daily Mail: “Women are often seen as the biggest losers in divorce, but that’s an outdated view – it’s almost the opposite now.” The lawyer claims women “want their life to stay the same – they just don’t want their husband in it”. She also dismisses the fact that some women sacrifice their work, [...]

Drug trafficker Sorayah Constant avoids jail time arguing ‘separation hardship’ – ABC Online

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Posted April 27, 2017 12:44:33 A twice-convicted drug trafficker who argued her children would suffer separation hardship if she was sentenced to a term of imprisonment has been spared jail time after a successful appeal. Sorayah Louise Constant, 32, was sentenced to jail for at least 18 months for drug offences in April last year, with her crimes breaching a previous good behaviour bond for drug trafficking. The District Court heard she placed orders for various medications from overseas containing pseudoephedrine, which could have produced $102,000 worth of methamphetamine. She had an 18-month-old baby and was pregnant with her second [...]

Your Money: Older couples ponder financial impact of divorce – Reuters

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By Beth Pinsker | NEW YORK NEW YORK What makes couples want to split after decades of marriage? The future. "They look at their spouses and say: 'I have between 20 and 30 years left, and I don't want to spend it with you,' " says John Slowiaczek, a divorce lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska, who is president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. But the older you are and the longer the marriage, the more complicated the divorce typically is financially. Sometimes it is so daunting that couples end up living apart for years without filing for a formal [...]

Swaziland To Be 1st African Country To Ban Divorce?

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Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, could soon be the first African country to outlaw divorce, following a recent decree by King Mswati III discouraging divorce. The King issued the order at an Easter celebrations rally that was attended by Christian religious leaders at the Engabezweni Royal Residence, according to Quartz. “In our culture, once you marry, there is no turning back,” King Mswati declared. He also ordered the clergymen present to inform their followers that marriage should be for life, adding that there is no word for “divorce” in Siswati, the official language of Swaziland. Unlawful Decree Princess Fikisiwe Dlamini [...]

Three in five people now think civil partnerships should be open to all – Family Law

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A survey of 2,000 people carried out by research consultancy Populus shows that almost three in five people think that civil partnerships should be open to all couples, not just same-sex couples. 57% of respondents thought that civil partnerships should be made available to both mixed-sex and same-sex couples whilst 20% thought they should be scrapped altogether with a further 24% being either unsure or not minding what happened. Matt Hawkins, Campaign Manager for the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign, said: 'This survey adds to the mound of evidence demonstrating that giving every couple the option of getting a civil partnership [...]

7 Crucial Reasons Divorced Women Need A Long-Term Financial Plan

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7 Crucial Reasons Divorced Women Need A Long-Term Financial Plan by Renee Walter It takes a major life event to trigger a woman over 40 to look seriously at her financial picture—the past, the present and the future. Examples of these life events include going through a divorce, becoming widowed, or having aging parents who need long term care. Realizing the sizable cost can suddenly make you very aware of the importance of long term planning for yourself, so you are not leaving it to your family. Studies show that when a woman gets divorced, her standard of living is likely [...]

Heston Blumenthal to finally divorce estranged wife Zanna in London hearing six years after they spl…

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Divorce on the menu The decree nisi will be delivered at the Central Family Court in Holborn, London tomorrow HESTON Blumenthal’s 28 year marriage to estranged wife Zanna will come to an end tomorrow when the pair finally divorce – six years after they split. The former couple’s divorce will go before District Judge Anne Hudd at the Central Family Court in Holborn, London where she will decide whether or not to grant a decree nisi. Alpha Press Heston Blumenthal’s 28 year marriage to estranged wife Zanna will come to an end tomorrow when the pair finally divorce – six years [...]

Parents planning divorce so one can marry their SHARED girlfriend and legally make her third parent …

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A married couple with three children are planning a divorce to allow one to wed their shared girlfriend and form a three-way relationship to raise their children. Cristina Kaiser, 31 and her husband Benno, 37, met 12 years ago and went on to have Isaiah, 11, Rebecca, seven, and Brianna, six. After years of marriage, Cristina, who is bisexual, began to feel something was missing from her love life and the couple began an 'open marriage ' - free to date and see other people. She eventually made Sierra Kuntz her girlfriend and eventually introduced her to her marital home. [...]

York sex attacker spared jail despite lying to court – Daily Mail

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Judge Paul Batty (pictured) lambasted John Lewis Lyons, 66, for lying about needing a wheelchair during his case A sex offender who groped and threatened to kill his victim while doing maintenance work then falsely claimed that he was wheelchair-bound in court. John Lewis Lyons, 66, grabbed the woman's breast and tried to convince her to take off her clothes, then told a police nurse he would 'murder' her for reporting him. He later pleaded guilty to sexual assault and pretended to be wheelchair-bound before being sentenced, forcing the court to make special arrangements for him. But after forcing barristers to [...]