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Owens v Owens: Divorce Reform on the Horizon?

September 10, 2018 | Family Services

The Supreme Court has rejected a petitioner wife’s appeal against a decision dismissing her divorce petition sparking calls for reform to the divorce system. In England and wales divorce can only be granted on the basis that the marriage has broken down irretrievably (s.1(1) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA)). The court will only hold that(Read more)

You Want a Divorce: Now What?

August 29, 2018 | Family Services

Your spouse has asked you for a divorce or you want a divorce what do you do next? For some, your spouse asking for a divorce can come as a complete shock and for others it has been agreed between you that the marriage is over. Whatever the reason, the first step is to seek(Read more)

Supreme Court Confirms That Ex-Wives Cannot Expect a ‘Second Bite of the Cherry’ Years After Divorce

July 20, 2018 | Family Services

Divorcees seeking a “second bite of the cherry” have been dealt a blow by the Supreme Court who ruled this week in the case of Mills and Mills that a wife could not expect the Court to increase the periodical payments (also known as spousal maintenance) she was receiving from her ex-husband to cover her(Read more)

Holiday Checklist

July 12, 2018 | Family Services

With the holiday season fast approaching have you got your holiday checklist in order?     Passports packed     Bags packed    Sun cream packed  X       Permission to take children abroad? You are all set for your summer holiday, the last thing on your mind may be getting your ex-partner’s permission to(Read more)

Prenuptial Agreements

April 23, 2018 | Family Services

  In England and Wales Prenuptial Agreements are not strictly binding. However, the Court has said that they “should give effect to a nuptial agreement that is freely entered into by each party with the full appreciation of its implications unless in the circumstances it would not be fair to hold the parties to an(Read more)

Divorce Costs £3,800 Per Year in Retirement Income

March 26, 2018 | Family Services

  Highlighting the impact that divorce can have on pension saving, research from pension provider the Prudential indicates that divorcees planning to retire in 2018 can expect their yearly income to drop by £3,800 compared to people who have never divorced. The results of Prudential’s 11-year study indicate that for those retiring in 2018 the(Read more)

Divorced Women Missing Out on £5billion in Pension Payments Every Year

November 20, 2017 | Family Services

According to research carried out by Scottish Widows, seven in ten couples do not consider pensions during divorce proceedings, leaving women short-changed by an estimated £5billion per year. The Scottish Widows research shows that while 56% of married people would fight for a fair share of jointly owned property and 36% would want to split(Read more)

Reasons to be Careful: Disbarred Lawyer Arranged 21 Fake Divorces

November 10, 2017 | Family Services

A former Barrister has been ordered to pay indemnity costs to the Queen's Proctor for fraudulently arranging divorces for 21 couples between 2006 and 2015. Khalik Bhatoo submitted the fraudulent divorce petition using false addresses in Southall. The decrees thereby obtained are now all void, irrespective of whether either of the parties has subsequently remarried(Read more)

Sharp v Sharp: A Short Marriage and a Departure From Equality on Divorce

July 17, 2017 | Family Services

“It is a fact universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”. But what happens when the wife has an even greater fortune than the single man and their marriage breaks down within a few years? These issues were grappled with by the Court(Read more)

Taking Children on Holidays

July 11, 2017 | Family Services

“We’re all going on a summer holiday”; what happens when one parent isn’t travelling with the children. With the summer holidays fast approaching, parents and children alike are all looking forward to their week or two away in the sun. However, for parents who are separated or parents who will be travelling with the children(Read more)