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The Price of Dishonesty in Divorce – Part 2

A landmark decision handed down by seven Supreme Court Justices has enabled two divorcees to have their cases re-opened. This to allow them to seek larger payouts as a result of their former husband’s dishonesty when disclosing financial information in their divorces.  The telegraph reports on this here. In 2004, Mrs Gohil accepted £270,000 and the […]

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He thinks it’s all over…it is now!

An award of 100% of a couple’s assets to the wife has been upheld on appeal. There is no set formula for calculating financial divorce settlements and the Court has always had a very wide discretion in deciding who gets what. Under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (the MCA), the Court has a duty to […]

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Same Same but Different

Whilst English law has recently caught up with the 21st Century by the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013; a lesser known fact about divorce means that there is still inequality within the law. This issue was thrown into the media spotlight recently when a woman tried to divorce her husband on […]

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Divorce at 40

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics – An update The Office of National Statistics has released latest figures which show the marital status and living arrangements of people aged 16 and over in England and Wales from 2002 to 2014. These reveal some interesting trends. The 1950s saw a mere 31,000 divorces in England and Wales. […]

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The Price of Dishonesty in Divorce

Permission has now been given to two divorcees to re-examine the issue of dishonesty when disclosing financial information pending a divorce before the Supreme Court. Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil accepted financial settlements from their former husbands but both turned out to be the subjects of significantly dishonest representations. Now, the Court has the chance […]

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Should family law be reformed? Resolution thinks so…

Resolution, which has 6,500 members including family lawyers and other professionals advocating for the constructive resolution of family disputes, has called for major overhaul to the laws surrounding divorce and separation with the launch of a new Manifesto for Family Law. Resolution describes the Manifesto as “a wake-up call for current and future politicians”. The […]

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Ex On The Reach

The Supreme Court unanimously upheld a wife’s right to lodge a claim for financial provision despite her divorce being finalised over 20 years ago. Ms Kathleen Wyatt has been successful in her bid to lodge a financial settlement application in pursuit of her now millionaire ex-husband Mr David Vince. The pair had lived a ‘new-age […]

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“Working 9 – 5” The ONLY way to make a living?

In a landmark ruling the former wife of a leading equine surgeon has been told she will not be ‘supported for life’ by her ex-husband following their 2008 divorce. Mrs Wright was seeking to overrule a High Court judgment which would put an end to her yearly maintenance award of £75,000 but was instead informed […]

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Is Your Ex a Facebook Fraudster?

Courts in the 21st Century have fought to keep up with the communication revolution that is social media. It has proved important for Courts to be au fait with social media sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. News reports illustrate that Facebook has actually been a contributory factor in many divorces and that it […]

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The Impact of the Budget on Divorcing Couples?

How do the 2014 Budget changes effect divorcing couples? Firstly, couples who are divorcing or separating with a jointly owned home will need to pay attention to the 2014 budget changes in respect of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The change in the rules will have an impact on the spouse who moves out of the […]

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Petrodel – A closed road and a broken down car to evading divorce settlements?

In October 2012 the Court of Appeal gave its decision in the Petrodel Resources v Prest  case. The companies had successfully appealed an earlier decision when the Wife was awarded £17.5 million upon her divorce. Moylan J had initially decided that he could make Orders directly against the Husband’s companies and Ordered that eleven London […]

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Are Pensions overlooked on divorce?

A report recently published by the Phoenix Group contains some interesting findings about the treatment of pensions on divorce. The findings suggest that: Only 6% of divorcees received a pension sharing or earmarking order as part of their divorce settlement 42% of women say that they were financially worse off after divorce After getting divorced […]

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