Do I have to pay child maintenance if my child lives abroad? – Family Law

‘Parents have a duty to maintain their children irrespective of the amount of time they spend with them or what country they live in. However international payment can be difficult to enforce. Parents cannot enforce an arrangement made informally between them, it must be made legally binding first.’

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Family Law, 21st June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Villiers – a cross border conundrum – Family Law Week

Posted June 21st, 2018 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, jurisdiction, news, Scotland by tracey

‘Lucia Clark, Partner (dual-qualified in English and Scottish family law) and Alex Critchley, Solicitor, both of Morton Fraser LLP consider the implications of the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Villiers v Villiers.’

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Family Law Week, 18th June 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Finance and Divorce Update, June 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during May 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 14th June 2018

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Varying your child maintenance: it can pay dividends! – Family Law Week

Posted June 15th, 2018 in children, costs, family courts, financial provision, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Using a fictitious scenario Gwyn Evans, barrister, Tanfield Chambers highlights legal and practical issues relating to child maintenance.’

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Family Law Week, 14th June 2018

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Interim Sale of the Family Home in Financial Remedy Proceedings – Family Law Week

‘Philip Newton, barrister, Becket Chambers Canterbury considers whether it is possible to obtain an order for sale of the family home before the final hearing.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd May 2018

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Breaking up is hard to do: the fate of family law in post-Brexit Britain – Family Law

‘It is now over nine months since the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was introduced into the House of Commons in July of last year. The Government’s stated aim was to ensure the UK exits the EU with maximum ‘certainty, continuity and control’. We now know that we will be leaving the EU at 11pm on Friday 29 March 2019. It is still unclear as to how this will happen, although the Government has indicated its wish to maintain a deep and special partnership with the EU. With approximately three million EU citizens living in the UK and around one million British citizens living in other EU member states, the implications of Brexit for European couples separating or divorcing and for their families is wide-reaching and of concern to all family practitioners.’

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Family Law, 10th May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Bitcoins and hiding wealth in divorce – Family Law

Posted May 8th, 2018 in divorce, financial provision, internet, news by sally

‘Divorce ends the marriage but does nothing to end the financial arrangements between the parties. If the parties cannot agree these, and as part of court proceedings to determine who gets what, the parties have to provide full and frank disclosure to the other of their entire financial means. This procedure allows the parties to be open and transparent about the extent of the assets in the marriage. There could be a situation arising whereby a party seeks to hide their wealth but evidence provided with disclosure such as bank statements in paper form provides a paper trail and this makes for the hiding of cash movements very difficult. But what if that party holds Bitcoins or other crypto-currencies?’

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Family Law, 4th May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Ex-husband used corporate structures to conceal wealth, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘An English court has ordered a wealthy Russian businessman to transfer ownership of a luxury yacht from one of his companies to his ex-wife, in order to satisfy part of their divorce settlement.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd May 2018

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Guidance on Financial Needs on Divorce: Edition 2 – April 2018 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 26th, 2018 in divorce, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

‘The FJC has now published the second edition of this useful guide for the family judiciary, courts and legal advisers. Since the publication of the first edition in June 2016, the guidance has established itself as an invaluable tool in relation to the making of orders to meet financial needs following divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th April 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Waggott v Waggott: in support of the clean break – Family Law

Posted April 26th, 2018 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, news, periodical payments by sally

‘The case of Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727 is being hailed by some as the end to the ‘meal ticket’, but the decision in respect of periodical payments is perhaps not surprising, there are few cases these days where a ‘joint lives’ order is the eventual outcome.’

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Family Law, 25th April 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The courts’ jurisdiction to vary capital orders – Family Law

‘Family analysis: Clare Williams, associate at JMW Solicitors LLP, examines the limited scope for the variation of capital orders, and diverging judicial views on the jurisdiction of the court to make an interim order for sale, in the case of SR v HR [2018] EWHC 606 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 176 (Mar) where an added complication was the bankruptcy of the husband.’

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Family Law, 20th April 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Finance and Divorce Update, April 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Claire Molyneux Senior Associate, and Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 15th April 2018

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‘Meal ticket for life’ bid backfires as divorcee loses £175,000 a year from ex-husband – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 12th, 2018 in appeals, divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘An attempt by a divorcee to have a “meal ticket for life” backfired after a High Court Judge ruled her maintenance payments should cease after just three years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th April 2018

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Hart v Hart: what led the court to order the ultimate sanction? – Family Law

Posted March 26th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, financial provision, imprisonment, news by tracey

‘Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83-year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise. However, HHJ Wildblood QC did just that following judgments at [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam), [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions are the latest in the long-running saga in the Hart v Hart divorce which has now been ongoing in various guises for some six and a half years.’

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Family Law, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Bloom v Bloom: The risks of failing to provide full and frank disclosure in financial remedy proceedings – Family Law

‘Bloom v Bloom [2018] Lexis Citation 16 concerned the applicant wife’s application that judgments in the financial remedy proceedings, where the respondent husband had been found to have defrauded her parents, should be published un-anonymised. The application was granted.’

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Family Law, 22nd March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Villiers v Villiers: An Update – Family Law Week

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in choice of forum, divorce, financial provision, jurisdiction, news, Scotland by tracey

‘Michal Horton and Alex Laing, both of Coram Chambers, report on the latest developments in a case that has attracted widespread attention in the press.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd March 2018

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Finance & Divorce Update March 2018 – Family Law Week

Posted March 15th, 2018 in divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, senior associate, Mills & Reeve LLP, analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 9th March 2018

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Divorce? You may regret it if you don’t ask for legal advice – Family Law

Posted March 12th, 2018 in agreements, damages, divorce, financial provision, mental health, news by sally

‘Yedina v Yedin and another [2017] EWHC 3319 (Ch) was an interesting case which highlighted the importance of seeking advice from a family lawyer when planning to divorce.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Enforcement against Pensions in Financial Remedies Cases: the neglected option – Family Law Week

Posted February 14th, 2018 in enforcement, financial provision, news, pensions by michael

“Joseph Rainer, barrister, Queen Elizabeth Building highlights the availability and effectiveness of the Blight v Brewster method to enforce a financial remedy order.”

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Family Law Week, 12th February 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Attempting modernisation: the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill – Family Law

‘Momentum is growing for the modernisation of the statutory approach to the financial division of assets on divorce, the recognition of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and an overhaul of spousal maintenance. Over the last few years the great and the good have been beavering away in an attempt to find the Holy Grail, a way of modernising family law to provide more certainty and clarity.’

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Family Law, 2nd February 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk