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Meal tickets for life in divorce cases

Jul 31, 2018

The above noted expression is often used where there is ongoing spousal maintenance (or periodical payments) made to an ex-spouse on a joint lives basis (where payments continue indefinitely until say for example, the ex-spouse being paid the maintenance, re-marries).

Supreme Court rules that ban on heterosexual civil partnerships is discriminatory

Jul 31, 2018

In the case brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, the Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal by Steinfeld and Keidan. The Court found that there was inequality between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples.

Defended Divorces

Jun 22, 2018

The recent case of Owens v Owens from 2017 has brought defended divorces in to the news recently. The Owens case is presently being appealed at the Supreme Court because Mr Owens has, thus far, successfully been able to argue that his wife should not be entitled to divorce him.

Owens v Owens

Jun 22, 2018

An interesting point of divorce law has been examined in the highest Court in the country, having travelled up through the court network. The judgement is eagerly anticipated.

Child Contact and Overseas Relocation – Mother Wins High Court Appeal

Mar 20, 2018

Children thrive best when they have ready contact with both their parents. However, as one case involving the eight-year-old son of Polish parents showed, difficulties frequently arise where one parent wishes to relocate overseas.

Could your children stop you from getting married?

Feb 28, 2018

Last year, a daughter applied for an injunction to stop her father, who was worth over £1 million, from marrying his long term partner; her father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so she argued that he did not have the capacity to get married.

Divorce and the 50:50 split of financial assets

Feb 28, 2018

There has been recent press coverage of couples in multi-million divorce settlements where one spouse has tried to obtain 50% of the assets from the other spouse. There has been a growing assumption in recent years that this is the entitlement. However, the Court’s starting point in any financial settlement is to look at the statutory criteria laid down by s25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

How to Reduce Tension in Family Proceedings

Oct 16, 2017

Under the current system, avoiding some level of court involvement during a divorce is impossible. However, while it is the court that formalises the process, it is possible to resolve the majority of issues amicably and by consent. This not only provides the parties with more control over the outcome, but can also save tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees. Here, we present our top tips for reducing tension in family proceedings:

Divorce and Financial Proceedings 'de-linked' as of 19th June

Jun 30, 2017

Before 19th June 2017 if you were looking to issue divorce proceedings, any financial applications (where financial matters required the Court's involvement) would have had to be sought within the divorce proceedings. This would be received by the Court and a case reference for the whole proceedings would be given.

Seeking Agreement on Divorce Petitions can encourage collaboration

May 19, 2017

Family Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer, Paul Wild discusses why agreement on the divorce petition can reduce the acrimony between the parties at the outset of any proceedings, as well as being used as a mechanism to achieve an out of court settlement.

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

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