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Divorce: The Devil is in the Detail

Imagine thinking that you are divorced; then you both remarry only to find out that the Court made an error in your divorce proceedings, that the divorce has been deemed void, and that you and your former spouse are going to potentially face criminal sanctions for bigamy. This nightmare scenario came to light in the […]

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‘Married at First Sight’: The Science of Separation

‘Married at First Sight’ recently returned to our television screens for a fourth series. The concept of the show is literally in the title; potential candidates apply to be scientifically matched with their ‘perfect partner’ on paper, and the first time they will meet is at their wedding! After tying the knot, they are required […]

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Divorce: An end to the ‘Blame Game’

Justice Secretary David Gauke announced yesterday that the law will be changed to allow couples to divorce on the grounds that the marriage has broken down without having to make accusations of wrongdoing by one party. At present the law is very black and white, leading to a position where, unless there has been a […]

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Prime Divorce Settlement for Amazon Founder

It has been announced that the founder of Amazon, and the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos has reached a settlement with his wife MacKenzie Bezos in their divorce for a reported record-breaking figure of (at least) $35b. It appears that the Bezos’ were keen to use a collaborative model for their financial settlement discussions, a […]

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‘Christmas Day becomes Divorce Day’

As 2018 drew to a close and people celebrated the start of a New Year, others began the divorce process as it was revealed that a total of 455 applications were made between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 26 people submitted applications on Christmas Eve, 13 on Christmas Day, 23 on Boxing Day and […]

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Modernising the Court’s approach to financial provision on Divorce

On 23rd November the House of Lords will hear the committee stage of the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill. The law regarding financial provision on Divorce remains subject to a statute which is now 45 years old (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). Some might say therefore that the law is somewhat outdated. The Bill seeks to bring […]

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Is this finally the end of the blame-game in divorce?

The UK government are set to announce a consultation on ‘no-fault divorce’ as Justice Secretary David Gauke described the current system as creating “unnecessary antagonism” following the case of Owens v Owens. It was reported that David Gauke now plans to call for the existing fault-based system to be overhauled. We reported on the case […]

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A Crackdown on the way for ‘Can’t pay, Won’t Pay’ in Divorce

Are the government about to reform enforcement measures for family financial orders? The Law Commission has previously published a report recommending various proposals aimed at making it easier to enforce family financial orders. The summary of the Law Commission report can be found here. The aim of the recommendations is to make the enforcement of […]

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Supreme Court rules Wife has to stay in loveless marriage

Today, the Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has decided that Mrs Owens has to stay married to her husband. Mrs Owens has been seeking a divorce for 3 years. Mrs Owens’ journey Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978.  Mrs Owens filed her petition for divorce in May 2015 in which […]

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Islamic and civil marriage; Shariah law and divorce

I recently met a new client seeking some advice about a pre-nuptial agreement. He was a young man who was potentially going to marry his partner in an Islamic ceremony and then they would both move into his home which he had bought prior to the beginning of the relationship. The young man was accompanied […]

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