Changes to the Divorce Process in England and Wales: Q&A – Family Law Week

‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service explain how the forthcoming changes will affect the divorce process in England and Wales.’

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Family Law Week, 15th April 2015

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Lawyers see ‘uptick’ in claims by ex-spouses – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, law firms, news by tracey

‘Law firms report an increase in inquiries from people who divorced many years ago but who now hope they have further financial claims on their former spouse. The trend has been driven by the publicity surrounding the landmark Supreme Court ruling passed last month, involving green energy tycoon Dale Vince and his former wife Kathleen Wyatt.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2015

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Widow of property investor Jack Dellal wins round of legal battle over estate – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in evidence, financial provision, news, wills by sally

‘The multi-millionaire widow of a property dealer said to have gambled £1.7m in one night has won the latest round of a legal battle for “reasonable provision”.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in armed forces, complaints, financial provision, legislation by sally

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015 published

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Wife gets tenth of £2million demand after signing ‘post nuptial’ agreement – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2015 in divorce, families, financial provision, news by sally

‘Caroline Hopkins challenged the terms of the settlement but judge rejected claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2015

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Wyatt (Appellant) v Vince (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Wyatt (Appellant) v Vince (Respondent) [2015] UKSC 14 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 11th March 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2015 in courts, divorce, family courts, financial provision, internet, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from February 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd March 2014

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Revisiting divorce settlements – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The case of Stephen and Ellen Debruin, recently the subject of an application for leave to appeal by Mr Debruin, reopens the argument about whether the current wide discretion of judges in our divorce laws results in consistent and fair results.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2015

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Managing Cuts: Lawful decision-making, PSED and consultation – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, equality, financial provision, news by sally

‘In recent years there have been an increased number of challenges to local authority decisions made under the pressure of increasingly tight and potentially unmanageable
financial constraints. Many of these legal challenges have centred on alleged failures to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) together with alleged deficiencies in the consultation process. As financial pressures continue, and further cuts are required, this paper discusses the lessons to be learned from the cases so far, and offers practical tips for lawful decision-making in these difficult times.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Vince v Wyatt; the value of a clean break order – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘The Supreme Court has told us that Ms Wyatt must explain and justify her reasons for delaying in making a claim, and that it is important to address the effect of delay on the Respondent. Little has been said of the responsibility of any spouse seeking to exclude future claims against themselves to seek a clean break order.’

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Zenith Chambers, 13th March 2015

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Enforcing family financial orders – Law Commission

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Every year, thousands of separating couples apply to the courts for financial orders, either because they cannot agree or to turn an agreement into an order so as to make it enforceable. The courts can order a person to make financial provision for a former spouse or civil partner. Sometimes the courts also make orders for the benefit of the children. The orders are made to help make sure that the needs of both partners and their children are met and, where possible, to maintain their living standards.’

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Law Commission, 11th March 2015

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Varying a Foreign Maintenance Order Post the Maintenance Regulation – Family Law Week

Posted March 19th, 2015 in divorce, EC law, financial provision, news, regulations by sally

‘James Roberts, barrister of 1 King’s Bench Walk, and Catherine Silwal , Senior Solicitor with KJ Smith Solicitors, analyse the law relating to variation of foreign maintenance orders and the effect of the EU Maintenance Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009).’

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Family Law Week, 17th March 2015

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Delayed divorce battle: Ecotricity founder Dale Vince’s New Age traveller ex-wife wins cash fight – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 11th, 2015 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, time limits by tracey

‘A former New Age traveller whose ex-husband became a millionaire more than a decade after they separated has won a cash fight in the Supreme Court. Kathleen Wyatt wants a payout from Dale Vince – although she did not lodge a claim until nearly 20 years after their divorce.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2015

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Wind farm tycoon Dale Vince awaits post-divorce payout ruling – BBC News

Posted March 11th, 2015 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, time limits by tracey

‘A wind power tycoon will learn whether his ex-wife’s claim for a financial settlement lodged almost 20 years after they divorced has been successful.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2015

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Nuptial Agreements: The Search for Intention – Family Law Week

‘Ben Wooldridge, pupil at 1 Hare Court, reviews the court’s treatment of nuptial agreements since Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42, highlighting emerging trends and the growing significance of the parties’ intentions in determining enforceability.’

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Family Law Week, 5th MArch 2015

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Laura Ashley boss says he struggles to pay his estranged wife’s £110k-a-month maintenance – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Laura Ashley boss, Dr Khoo Kay Peng, 76, is locked in a £400 million divorce battle with his former-Miss Malaysia wife of 43 years, Pauline Siew Phin Chai. A judge found in Miss Chai’s favour last October that the divorce proceedings should be heard in UK, as the couple fight a “parallel” case in their native-Malaysia. While the “expensive gallop” between the two countries continues, the husband has failed to pay more than £400,000 in legal and maintenance costs to his wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2015

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A Theory of Everything – Special Contributions in Matrimonial Finance – Family Law Week

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘Joshua Viney of 1 Hare Court considers the problem of identifying those cases where a contribution will be treated as “special” and analyses the relevant case law.’

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Family Law Week, 27th February 2015

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Multimillionaire divorce husband ‘not on same planet’, judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in divorce, financial dispute resolution, financial provision, news by sally

‘US businessman Randy Work told the High Court he was not willing to pay his estranged wife any of his £150m fortune.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2015

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Keen to leave your rich husband? Come to London, divorce capital of the world – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2015 in choice of forum, divorce, families, financial provision, news, women by sally

‘English law is particularly ‘fair for the financially weaker spouse’. That’s why wealthy people’s partners are keen to have their day in court in London rather than anywhere else.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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How ‘get a job’ divorce ruling will change settlements on maintenance payments – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2015 in divorce, employment, families, financial provision, matrimonial home, news, women by sally

‘Spouses can no longer expect full financial support from their ex-partners once their children reach age seven. Experts expect a rush to renegotiate.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2015

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