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Family business | Heading for the buffers

Seeing the effect of divorce makes lawyers work harder at their marriages than most, says Marilyn Stowe, and it's no coincidence that a good solicitor usually makes a terrible client

1 August 2013

The first time I was asked about my tips for making a relationship work, by a journalist compiling a Valentine's Day feature, I was pleasantly surprised. As family lawyers, we spend our days working with couples in conflict, providing practical advice for those in the midst of relationships that are breaking or broken. Want a good steer on your case at the very first meeting? Seeking an occupation order? Need help filling out your Form E? We have knowledge, 
support and advice in spades. Dating 
and romance tips, on the other hand, aren't our natural terrain.

Or are they? I have been married for more than 30 years and when I think of the hundreds of family lawyers with whom I have worked over that same period, I can count the number of divorces on one hand. Perhaps the nature of our work, dedicated as it is to picking up the pieces after relationships go wrong, helps us to notice and act upon any warning signs in our own relationships at a relatively ear...

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