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The Modern Approach to ‘Meal Tickets’

The Court of Appeal (CoA) yesterday reaffirmed the Court’s more modern approach to spousal maintenance,  championing “clean breaks” between divorcing couples and limiting claims for ongoing spousal maintenance (reports of the story are accessible both here and here). In Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, the CoA overturned a previous ruling that would have […]

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Reform, reform, reform – family law issues for the ages

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division has recently delivered a speech at the University of Edinburgh Law School castigating the speed of progress of reform in family law. Particular focus was given by Sir James regarding cohabitant’s rights, no-fault divorce, financial relief after divorce, access to and reporting of family cases and […]

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Ant n Dec-ree absolute?

News has hit the headlines recently of another high-profile celebrity divorce, that being TV presenter of Ant-n-Dec-fame Ant McPartlin who has separated from his wife Lisa Armstrong. Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong have been in a relationship for over twenty years, since 1994. They were married in 2006 and so they have had a very […]

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Russian billionaire changes his mind in special contribution divorce case

Yet another special contribution case has hit the headlines, with the news yesterday that a Russian billionaire has been ordered to pay £453million to his ex-wife, or roughly 41.5% of the total matrimonial assets. The wife had claimed that the husband was worth over £1billion. The judgement has not yet been published, the specific facts […]

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Chinese villager’s rush for divorce

Divorce is something that should be given serious thought, so we were surprised to hear of what’s been happening in the small Chinese village of Jiangbei recently. In the village, a mass of couples are filing for divorce in the hope of striking it rich. This comes after the news that the area is being […]

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Special contribution in divorce finance cases

Is Ryan Giggs a genius? Anybody who isn’t a Manchester United fan would probably say ‘No’. Paul McCartney was described as an ‘icon’ in his famous divorce from Heather Mills but how do you compare one of the most influential men in music history with a footballer? The general question of genius is of course […]

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No-fault divorce debate

The judgement in the case of Owens v Owens has been handed down, which has decided that the original judge who refused the wife the right to be granted a divorce, was not wrong in coming to his decision. The appeal of the wife against that decision has today been dismissed by the Court of […]

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Ex-Spouses could face travel bans for failing to pay divorce settlements

The Law Commission has published new proposals which aim to make the enforcement of family financial orders “more effective, accessible and fair” and implement tough sanctions for those who refuse to pay their former spouse’s divorce settlement. The Commission states that many divorcees are ignoring the orders, with as many as 4,200 enforcement cases each […]

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An end to the blame game?

Today will see 150 family lawyers travel to Westminster to meet with their MP in a campaign for no fault divorce. The campaign is run by Resolution, a 6,500 strong organisation that believes in a non-confrontational approach to family law. So what is meant by no fault divorce and why is this so important? As […]

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Financial Storm for Wind Turbine Tycoon

In March of last year, a woman’s right to lodge a claim for financial provision more than 2 decades after her divorce was finalised was unanimously upheld by the Supreme Court. Lord Wilson verified Ms Wyatt’s claim as ‘legally recognisable’ and held it was not an ‘abuse of process’. However, the decision caused turbulence for […]

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Panama: ‘to have and to hold, for richer for poorer’

Following the surge in publicity after the leak of information from the law firm Mossack Fonseca (aka the Panama Papers), David Cameron and his government are feeling pressure to be more transparent with their personal tax and financial affairs. It should come as no surprise, however, that the hiding of assets in off shore tax […]

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Modernising Divorce – Calls for “no fault” divorce reform

Divorce is common in the UK with almost half of all marriages sadly ending in divorce. Many people no longer see marriage as a life time commitment. Couples are often keen to finalise a quick divorce and settlement of finances to reduce heartache, stress and emotional strain. At present, the sole ground for divorce in […]

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