Risks of refusing reasonable offers to settle in divorce cases – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 29th, 2015 in appeals, costs, divorce, financial provision, news, sanctions by sally

‘The judgment in SR v RS demonstrates that parties cannot, in the face of reasonable offers to settle, continue to litigate matters indefinitely without the spectre of cost sanctions.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th January 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Financial Remedies Working Group final report – Judiciary.gov.uk

‘The Financial Remedies Working Group (“the group”) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. It has been chaired by Nicholas Mostyn J and Stephen Cobb J.

The group produced an interim report on 31 July 2014, making a number of recommendations. This final report should be read in conjunction with that interim report.’

Final report

Judiciary of England and Wales, 28th January 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Spousal maintenance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 27th, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘Disputes over spousal maintenance are often the main bar to couples resolving financial disputes on divorce. In the judgment of SS v NS [2014] EWHC 4183 (Fam), Mostyn J has given comprehensive guidance on the principal issues surrounding spousal maintenance.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th January 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from December 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd January 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Judge orders father to take his children to church – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2015 in appeals, children, custody, divorce, freedom of expression, judges, news by sally

‘Child care proceedings challenged after judge tells father he has a legal requirement to take his sons to Catholic mass.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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An avalanche of reform – New Law Journal

Posted January 9th, 2015 in case management, divorce, family courts, financial provision, news by sally

‘Geraldine Morris reviews the family law changes in 2014 & makes predictions for the year ahead.’

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New Law Journal, 8th January 2015

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Lawyers prepare for ‘Divorce Day’ as Christmas holidays take their toll – The Independent

Posted January 5th, 2015 in divorce, news, statistics by sally

‘Legal firms are bracing themselves for ‘Divorce Monday’ when they typically see a surge in queries from spouses planning to break up after limping through the Christmas holidays.’

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The Independent, 3rd January 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Judge uses Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ to decide divorce settlement figure – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2014 in divorce, financial provision, judgments, news by sally

‘A High Court judge who was attempting to decide the settlement figure in a divorce case admitted he turned to the works of William Shakespeare for help.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Chai v Peng Undermining the purpose of “forum conveniens?” – Family Law Week

Posted December 15th, 2014 in abuse of process, appeals, divorce, estoppel, jurisdiction, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘Tim Scott QC, Peter Duckworth and James Pullen, all of 29 Bedford Row who represented Dr Kay Peng Khoo in Chai v Peng, analyse the proceedings to date.’

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Family Law Week, 11th December 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted December 8th, 2014 in children, costs, divorce, foreign jurisdictions, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week during November.’

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Family Law Week, 5th December 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Jamie Cooper-Hohn wins £337m in High Court divorce case – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2014 in divorce, financial dispute resolution, news by sally

‘The American wife of a London financier has been awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Same sex couples – now with added marriage – Tanfield Chambers

‘MSSCA 2013 does not create a new status of “same sex marriage” 1 (SSM). It extends the
existing institution of marriage to same sex couples:
s.1 The marriage of same sex couples is lawful.
s.11(1) In the law of England and Wales, marriage has the same effect’

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Tanfield Chambers, 14th November 2014

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

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Family Mediation – Boom or Bust? – Family Law Week

Posted November 24th, 2014 in dispute resolution, divorce, families, news by sally

‘Amina Somers, Head of Family Mediation at Goodman Ray, asks what can be done to increase the take-up of family mediation.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd November 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Motivate to Mediate – the carrot and the stick – Family Law Week

Posted November 18th, 2014 in arbitration, divorce, news by sally

‘Annmarie Carvalho, Associate and Family Mediator with Farrer & Co LLP, examines two recent High Court cases which illustrate the court’s powers to ‘encourage’ parties into mediation.’

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Family Law Week, 17th November 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted November 18th, 2014 in civil partnerships, divorce, financial provision, fraud, news by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week during October.’

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Family Law Week, 14th November 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Legal Services Payment Orders and Maintenance Pending Suit – No. 5 Chambers

‘Anne Smallwood, family law barrister at No5 Chambers, recently gave a talk titled ‘Section 22 Z A – Getting Paid And M.P.S’ at the Family Money Talks Seminar 2014.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th October 2014

Source: www.no5.com

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Couple rack up legal bills of nearly £1m fighting divorce battle (over assets worth just £2.9m) – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2014 in costs, divorce, news, trials by tracey

‘A businessman and his estranged wife ran up legal bills of more than £900,000 while fighting over assets worth less than £2.9 million, a High Court judge heard. Mr Justice Mostyn said the couple had spent nearly a third of everything they had built up over 18 years funding litigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Free mediation for more separating couples – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 4th, 2014 in arbitration, divorce, legal aid, news by sally

‘More separating couples will benefit from free mediation from 3 November, Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Grayling shelves plan to double the fee for getting a divorce – The Independent

Posted October 27th, 2014 in budgets, costs, divorce, families, fees, news by sally

‘The Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, has quietly shelved plans to nearly double the fee for filing a divorce petition.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Multi-million pound divorce ‘can be heard in England’ – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2014 in divorce, financial dispute resolution, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘A multi-million pound divorce between a wealthy Malaysian couple can be heard in an English court, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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