ALI V BARBOSA [2019] EWHC 2776 (Fam)– Void or Voidable. Maintaining the discretion of the family court and the importance of the circumstances of the case – Becket Chambers

Posted December 13th, 2019 in divorce, families, family courts, news, Scotland, statutory interpretation by sally

‘In October 2019, Mrs Justice Lieven DBE considered an application by a husband that the wife’s divorce proceedings, and the decree absolute, should be set aside for breaches in relation to service of the proceedings.’

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Becket Chambers, 6th December 2019

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English judges deciding Scottish divorce cases is “recipe for chaos”, Supreme Court hears – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 10th, 2019 in choice of forum, divorce, financial provision, news, Scotland by sally

‘English judges deciding Scottish divorce cases is a “recipe for chaos”, the Supreme Court has heard in a landmark case between an aristocrat and his estranged wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th December 2019

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Family Law Newsletter #31 – Spire Barristers

‘Articles from around the web, Legislation updates and Case Updates from Care Proceedings and Financial Remedy matters.’

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Spire Barristers, 2nd December 2019

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Divorce rate falls for heterosexual couples in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in divorce, news, statistics by sally

‘The divorce rate for opposite sex couples in England and Wales has plunged to its lowest level for almost half a century – partly due to problems in processing applications.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2019

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‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me a Confidentiality Clause!’ – No. 5 Chambers

Posted November 26th, 2019 in confidentiality, consent, divorce, media, news, non-disclosure agreements by sally

‘The national press has relished reporting the ongoing saga of Ant McPartlin’s divorce from his former wife, Lisa Armstrong. The public have been informed of the details regarding the extent of the couple’s wealth (reported to be around £62m), the amount the couple have spent on legal costs (reported to be £1.5m) and the latest offer made by Ant (reported to consist of a package which would leave Lisa with around £31m). Lisa denies that Ant has made such an offer but perhaps of most interest to divorce lawyers is the suggestion that whatever the true extent of Ant’s offer, Lisa is not prepared to sign a consent order due to Ant’s insistence that any such order should contain a non-disclosure agreement (N.D.A.)’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th November 2019

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Breakdown cover – Family Law

Posted November 14th, 2019 in appeals, child support, divorce, news by tracey

‘David Burrows provides a rundown of child support appeals to the First-tier Tribunal & Upper Tribunal.’

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Family Law, 13th November 2019

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Parental alienation: treading a treacherous path – Family Law

Posted November 14th, 2019 in contact orders, divorce, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘A Bristol judge has decided to publish his decision in an exceptional case of parental alienation.’

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Family Law, 14th November 2019

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Discrimination in ‘one succession’ for secure tenancies – Nearly Legal

‘Simawi v London Borough of Haringey (2019) EWCA Civ 1770. We saw this case in the High Court – our report here – now this is the court of appeal judgment on Mr S’ appeal, seeking a finding that there was discriminatory treatment in the Housing Act 1985 succession rules between a person who became a sole tenant on the death of a former tenant as opposed to a person who became a sole tenant upon judicial assignment of the tenancy in a divorce (pre Localism Act amendments). In short, survivorship on a joint tenancy, or succession of spouse/partner on death of sole tenant counts as a succession, while an assignment of tenancy by court order under section 24 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 on divorce does not. Mr S was the child of a spouse who succeeded by survivorship.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd November 2019

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Meeting income needs from capital – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 4th, 2019 in divorce, financial provision, news, remuneration by sally

‘Two of the most recent issues which have been considered by the Family Court are as follows:

Whether an earning capacity is a matrimonial asset to which the sharing principle applies; and

In a sharing case, to what extent is it fair that a wife is required to use her share of capital to meet her income needs, whereas the husband will meet his income needs from future income?’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th November 2019

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Wife fails to overturn financial award made in arbitration – Family Law

‘A recent decision in the High Court upholding a financial award made in arbitration confirms the courts’ support for arbitration in financial proceedings. It also acts as a warning to anyone seeking to appeal a family arbitral award. Tim Carpenter and Lydia Fowler review the decision.’

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Family Law, 23rd October 2019

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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – Family Law

Posted October 14th, 2019 in bills, divorce, families, marriage, news by tracey

‘Over the past 12 months, there has been much media coverage regarding reforming this country’s divorce system. To date, concerns about protecting the sanctity and institution of marriage have prevented the law from keeping up with the modern family and changing societal values. However, following the high profile case of Owens v Owens the government proposed changes to legislation in September 2018. Stewarts took part in the consultation on these changes, and here, Lucy Gould discusses the proposed legislation and its historical context.’

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Family Law, 11th October 2019

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Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, October 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 10th October 2019

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Divorcing couples: beware the capital gains tax trap – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 10th, 2019 in capital gains tax, divorce, matrimonial home, news, penalties, sale of land, time limits by tracey

‘A change to the capital gains tax (CGT) rules from April 2020 means divorcing or separating couples in the UK will have a shorter period of time in which to sell their interest in the family home without being hit by tax penalties.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th October 2019

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Capitalised maintenance: a court-free solution? – Family Law

‘The court’s unpredictable approach means alternative resolution could be the logical choice, argue Kim Beatson and Victoria Brown.’

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Family Law, 2nd October 2019

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Majority of care cases continue to miss 26-week deadline – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The average time it takes to conclude care proceedings remains significantly high, according to latest quarterly statistics published today. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice, covering April to June, show that the average time for a care and supervision case to reach first disposal remained the same as it did for January to March – 33 weeks. This is the longest average time since the last quarter of 2013.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2019

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Non-disclosing husband fails in challenge to Court of Appeal – Family Law

Posted September 12th, 2019 in disclosure, divorce, financial provision, Judaism, news, periodical payments by tracey

‘A husband who failed to disclose all of his assets has failed in his appeal to set aside an order.’

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Family Law, 10th September 2019

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Financial Remedy Update, September 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2019

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Moher v Moher: Non-disclosure leads to closure – Family Law week

Posted August 29th, 2019 in disclosure, divorce, financial provision, Judaism, marriage, news by tracey

‘Alexandra Goldrein, a solicitor with Irwin Mitchell, considers a recent Court of Appeal judgment concerning non-disclosure and the award of spousal maintenance to a wife pending the husband’s grant of a Jewish divorce.’

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Family Law week, 28th August 2019

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Solicitor operated unauthorised online divorce business – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, divorce, electronic commerce, news, solicitors by sally

‘A family lawyer who created an online divorce service did so to avoid regulation and not share the fees generated with his law firm, a tribunal has found in striking him off.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2019

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A lesson from the fellow in Iannello – Family Law

Posted August 16th, 2019 in divorce, financial provision, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Following the Australian decision of Iannello and Iannello (No.3) [2018] FCCA 3752 Sarah Basso and Rachel Roberts look at the approach of England and in respect of orders in matrimonial proceedings directing a party to make a payment of their bonus to their (former) spouse.’

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Family Law, 15th August 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk