Sir James Munby annuls 180 Italian divorces

October 1, 2014 0 comments

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The President of the Family Division has annulled the divorces of 180 Italian couples after declaring they were obtained fraudulently. In Rapisarda v Colladon (Irregular Divorces), Sir James Munby found that the scheme involved at least one member of each couple claiming to live in Britain. In fact, 179 couples used the same address in…

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New relationships and divorce settlements by John Bolch

September 25, 2014 4 comments

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In AB v CB, Mr Justice Mostyn said that women who begin new relationships soon after their marriages break-up risk harming their divorce settlements. His comments have caused a considerable amount of controversy since they were first published on Friday. But just how controversial are they really? Details of the case are available on the…

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Divorce and rebound relationships

September 23, 2014 2 comments

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I was surprised to find this morning that a case we reported on the blog yesterday has caught the attention of the national press. AB v CD was, on the face of it, a relatively uncomplicated divorce hearing. The couple had been married for nine years and together for 13. They started a business together…

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New website offers advice for children of divorce

September 23, 2014 0 comments

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Teenagers whose parents have split up will be able to help younger children through the process on a newly launched website. Kids In The Middle was created because its founders said there was not enough readily accessible advice for children experiencing family breakdown. The website will offer videos which explain the various stages of divorce…

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High Court judge rules on permission to appeal in divorce

September 22, 2014 0 comments

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Litigants seeking to appeal financial settlements in divorce should apply for permission with the judge who heard their original case, the High Court has declared. The case of AB v CD concerned a couple who met in 1999. The wife, a journalist by profession, had by then already bought her own home in Bristol. Sitting…

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Chinese province launches trial divorce service

September 19, 2014 0 comments

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A marriage guidance counsellor in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi has launched a ‘trial divorce’ scheme to help struggling couples. Spouses in the region who have grown tired of each other can opt for a ‘trial divorce’, separating for a period of time rather than legally ending their marriages. To date counsellor Tong Xin…

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Husband awarded costs of contested divorce hearing

September 12, 2014 10 comments

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A husband who successfully appealed against a financial settlement with his ex-wife has now been awarded his legal costs. In H v W (Costs), a district judge had awarded the man’s ex-wife maintenance as well as 25 per cent of his annual employment bonus as part of the couple’s financial settlement. Both awards were given…

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