Watchdog finds £3bn in child support arrears may never be collected – The Guardian

‘At least £3bn in child maintenance payments ordered by the former Child Support Agency (CSA) may never be paid, the Whitehall spending watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th March 2017

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Ilott – Upholding Testamentary Freedom – Family Law Week

‘Mark Jones, barrister, Three Dr Johnson’s Buildings, examines the judgment in the first Inheritance Act appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court and its implications for future claims.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd March 2017

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Maintenance, Needs and Fairness – Family Law Week

Posted March 27th, 2017 in divorce, financial provision, legislation, news, periodical payments, Scotland by tracey

‘Amy Scollan, Associate, Hunters Solicitors considers the issue of “fairness” in relation to maintenance and variations of maintenance.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd March 2017

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Ilott -v- Mitson: Claims by adult children contesting wills – the law is unsatisfactory – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in benefits, charities, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘At long last the saga has reached a conclusion. The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others (Appellants) [2017] UKSC 17 on 15 March, a case having its roots in the death of the late Mrs Jackson (Mrs Ilott’s mother) some 13 years ago.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th March 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update March 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2017

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Men ‘bullied’ out of generous divorce settlements by breadwinning wives – Daily Telegraph

‘Men are being awarded more generous divorce payouts with some also receiving ongoing payments from their ex-wives, lawyers say.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, February 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘Sue Brookes, and Rose-Marie Drury, both Senior Associates with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during January 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 10th February 2017

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Divorces are skewed by judges’ outdated chivalry, says female peer pushing for cap on payments – Daily Telegraph

‘Judges are labouring under antiquated notions of chivalry in awarding women maintenance payments which extend years into the future, despite the fact that many divorcees go on to earn good salaries on their own, says a leading female peer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2017

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DB v PB: a reminder of potential effect of maintenance agreements – Family Law Week

‘Michael Allum, Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP, considers the implications of maintenance agreements in financial remedies cases.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd February 2017

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Court orders man to increase payments to wife who lost bulk of divorce settlement with ‘poor financial decisions’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2017 in appeals, debts, financial provision, news, periodical payments by sally

‘A wife who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making “poor financial decisions” has been awarded larger monthly payments from her ex-husband despite calls from his lawyer for maintenance limits to reflect “social change”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2017

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Costs: Reassessing the Starting Point – Family Law Week

Posted February 1st, 2017 in costs, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Mark Ablett, pupil barrister, 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the perennial problem of high levels of costs in financial remedies cases and proposes a new approach to help mitigate the problem.’

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Family Law Week, 27th January 2017

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Former banker ordered to hand over foreign pension income to ex-wife in landmark divorce ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2017 in divorce, financial provision, news, pensions by sally

‘former banker who blew his fortune on spread-betting was yesterday ordered to hand over income from a foreign pension to his ex-wife, in what lawyers said was a landmark ruling stopping divorcing spouses concealing assets offshore.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2017

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The Law Commission Report: Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Enforcement or Variation? – Family Law Week

‘Joseph Rainer, barrister, Queen Elizabeth Building, analyses the implications of the Law Commission’s report Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.’

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Family Law Week, 19th January 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted January 17th, 2017 in divorce, EC law, families, financial provision, legal aid, legal services, news by tracey

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 12th January 2017

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Millionaire seeks greater share in divorce because he is a ‘genius’, prompting court to examine the meaning of the word – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2016 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘When Oscar Wilde reputedly told a US customs official that he had nothing to declare but his genius, he was, it is assumed, joking.

But genius has become a term used in everyday life to describe everything from hot-housed children to footballers, pop stars and celebrity chefs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2016

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Family solicitors welcome call for tougher enforcement powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2016 in enforcement, families, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has called for a cultural change to ensure family financial orders are enforced more effectively, estimating that millions of pounds go unpaid every year as a result of non-compliance. The report has been welcomed by family practitioners.’

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Law Society, 19th December 2016

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How warring divorcees could face travel bans – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news, penalties by sally

‘Law reformers have called for fresh sanctions against divorcees who try to wriggle out of paying their ex-spouses.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

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Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Official Publications

Posted December 16th, 2016 in enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘This is the Law Commission’s report on the Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.’

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Official Publications, 15th December 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update, December 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate for Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during November 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd December 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update November 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 13th November 2016

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