Inspired by that old romantic Charon QC, I thought I would do a special edition of my (very) occasional Sunday Review for that most important occasion for all (future) family lawyers, Valentine's Day.
The Observer enters the spirit with a lover's guide to the legal effects of the alternative answers to the question that will
Love was clearly in the air for Duncan Pell when he ran off with Maryna Borysenko, a Ukrainian half his age. Whether his wife Sara was upset to see him go is not clear, but she is certainly upset that she can't divorce him in this country, a decision that could cost her a share of his £1.2 million pension.
A love child is the subject of this important report in the News of the World today, telling us how the husband of Z-list 'celebrity' Kerry Katona (I had to Google her to find out who she was) hid from two child support investigators who called at their home to quiz him about his income. Apparently, for the last 18 months hubby has been 'avoiding' paying maintenance for his 4 year-old son by a previous relationship.
Finally, some sensible advice for women who answered the aforementioned question in the affirmative. The Rev Angus MacLeay, vicar of St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, Kent has, quite rightly, advised wives in his congregation to “submit to their husbands in everything”. Something tells me that this could be good news for divorce lawyers in the Sevenoaks area...