‘Laura Ashley’ divorce reaches decree absolute

January 27, 2017 0 comments

divorce, family law

The protracted divorce between the chairman of Laura Ashley and his estranged wife has finally reached decree absolute, signalling the formal end of their marriage. Malaysian businessman Khoo Kay Peng, now 78, and wife Pauline Chai separated in 2012 after more than 40 years together. She moved to England, settling in a Hertfordshire estate, and…

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False accusations of domestic violence: what can you do?

January 27, 2017 25 comments

family law

ASK A FAMILY LAWYER Each week, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  A senior solicitor based in our Harrogate office, Theo Hoppen, tackles this week’s topic. “My ex and I are currently going through an acrimonious divorce and I was alarmed to hear that she has now accused me of…

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Privacy, mediation and more

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January 27, 2017 7 comments

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A week in family law The debate over publicity and privacy in financial remedy cases may be about to be clarified. An application for a reporting restriction order by a former wife involved in financial remedy proceedings has been rejected by the Court of Appeal. Tina Norman had claimed that her financial affairs were “private…

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Oklahoma man told to pay for another man’s child

January 27, 2017 2 comments

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An American divorcee in the central state of Oklahoma has been ordered to pay maintenance for another man’s child. The man, now in his 20s, married his ex-wife after she fell pregnant while the pair were still in High School. ‘Thomas’ never doubted the child was his until the couple’s relationship began to break down….

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Details of divorce case kept secret

January 27, 2017 0 comments

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The details of a businessman’s divorce cannot be published by the media, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Bodey declared that a case he heard last year must be kept completely private. Although it is common for divorces to be anonymised, this level of secrecy is unusual. Neither the husband nor the wife…

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Australian same sex marriage bill ‘is discriminatory’

January 27, 2017 0 comments

gay marriage

The Australian Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill excludes people who don’t identify as either gender, the country’s Human Rights Commission has claimed. The bill was introduced by Attorney General George Brandis in October. Amongst other measures, its key proposal is a change in the definition of marriage within the existing Marriage Act from a union…

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