Online divorce pilot ‘extremely successful’

April 21, 2017 1 comment

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The government’s first attempt to introduce an online divorce system has been “extremely successful” according to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Plans for the service were announced by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in 2016 and a pilot scheme was launched earlier this year at the East Midlands Divorce Centre…

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King of Swaziland wants to ban divorce

April 18, 2017 3 comments

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The King of Africa’s smallest country has said he wants to join Vatican City and the Philippines in banning divorce. At just 120 miles by 81 miles, Swaziland is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The landlocked nation is an absolute monarchy and has been ruled by Ngwenyama (‘Lion’ or King) Mswati III since 1986….

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Italian man granted divorce from ‘possessed’ wife

April 14, 2017 0 comments

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A man in Italy has been granted a divorce following claims that his wife was possessed by the devil. Speaking at a court in the northern city of Milan, the man said that since 2007 his wife had exhibited “inexplicable behaviour”. This included having fits among other “unusual phenomena”. The woman, who was a devout…

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The urgency of divorce reform

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April 13, 2017 3 comments

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The Nuffield Foundation has just published research highlighting the need for urgent reform of divorce law in England and Wales. This comes on the back of the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Owens v Owens. In that case the Court of Appeal refused to overturn the decision of a judge in the…

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Farmer cites Brexit in divorce appeal

April 11, 2017 0 comments

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A multi-millionaire fruit farmer from Kent has been given permission to appeal a divorce settlement, saying it had failed to account for the role played by his father in the creation of the family fortune. In recent divorce proceedings the 56 year-old’s wife was awarded £12.2 million from assets of around £30 million, the Evening…

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Children suffer more before divorce than after

April 11, 2017 50 comments

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Children suffer more from the parental arguments before divorce than they do after the marriage has come to an end. An academic from the University of York, Gloria Moroni, has suggested that behavioural issues such as hyperactivity or emotional development problems can be the result of such conflict. She analysed data from around 19,000 children…

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Triple talaq ‘is not divorce’

April 10, 2017 0 comments

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Pronouncing the so-called ‘triple talaq’ does not produce a valid divorce, the wife of the Vice President of India has insisted. Mohammad Hamid Ansari is the country’s 12th Vice President since the country was established in its current form in 1947. Unlike the equally the elderly President Pranab Mukherjee however, Ansari is a Muslim. Speaking…

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Divorce law ‘increases conflict’

April 10, 2017 1 comment

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Divorce law in England and Wales needlessly creates conflict between couples, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Exeter surveyed 3,000 people from England and Wales about their attitude to divorce. One third of those questioned had been through the process before. Seventy-five people who were currently going through a divorce were…

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Consent orders, divorce debt & death

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April 8, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Neil Dring, a solicitor in our Wetherby office. If you have a question, send it to ask@stowefamilylaw.co.uk. “In my consent order I was given the marital home and my ex had the…

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The Peng-Chai divorce: lessons to be learned?

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April 7, 2017 1 comment

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The High Court has just handed down its judgment in relation to the marriage of Mrs Pauline Chai and her husband Mr Khoo Kay Peng. The couple had been married for over 42 years. They had five children together and had lived in Malaysia until Mrs Chai moved to this country. There followed a long running argument…

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