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Consent Orders

Aug 14, 2015

The recent case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] has sharply focussed the need for parties to always try to deal with their financial matters when divorcing and for any agreements reached to be recorded into a binding Order appropriately considered and approved by the Court.  There…

Shared parental leave – a reminder

Aug 14, 2015

Employers are reminded that new regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 that make changes to the way in which eligible parents will take leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The new rules apply to couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 or children matched or placed for adoption on or after that date.   Shared parental leave…

Separated but not divorced?

Apr 21, 2015

Readers who live apart from their spouses or civil partners, but who have not formally dissolved their relationships, are warned that following changes to inheritance law brought into effect in October 2014 by the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014, your 'ex' may have the right to inherit the whole of your estate if you die without leaving a valid will and have no children.

Complex divorces

Jan 12, 2015

All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed to enhance efficiency in the disposal of financial remedy cases to be heard by a High Court judge. The changes include a requirement…

Divorcee refused more money

Sep 10, 2014

Separated couples should fix their eyes firmly on the future when signing divorce agreements, as was demonstrated in a recent case in which a former soldier, whose ex-wife had ‘spent her share’ after their split, fought off her bid for a slice of his military pension. The High Court found that the couple had struck a binding deal when their 20-year marriage ended in 2008. Although the ex-wife…

Court of Appeal issues guidance on child cases

Jul 31, 2014

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has emphasised the importance of the provision of good quality, relevant evidence in cases involving children. The case concerned a council's decision to place two children up for adoption against their mother's wishes. In such cases, the stakes are high as the future of the child, as well as that of his or her family, is in point. The Court…

Pre-nup not binding, rules court

Jul 22, 2014

Court rules that wealthy couple's pre-nuptial agreement is not binding

Child Support and Maintenance - Part 1

May 12, 2014

When parties are separated or divorcing it is possible for either party to arrange payments directly between them on a voluntary basis. It is often the case that the parties may also look to see what the Child Support Agency (“CSA”) assessments would be before…

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