High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge has claimed that he decided to step down from the bench because of opposition to his stance on marriage. Sir Paul is the founder and chairman of the Marriage Foundation, which aims to “champion long-lasting, stable relationships within marriage”. I have already made my views on the Marriage Foundation quite clear on my own blog – they seem to
Finances and Divorce
When clients complete their Form E, a lengthy document which should give full, frank and honest disclosure of their entire financial position, they are often under a misapprehension about the value of the contents of their homes and their personal items, such as jewellery. They tend to use the insurance value – ie the replacement value, when in fact the court needs
The test for imprisonment for non payment of maintenance following divorce is in dire need of simplification, High Court judge Mr Justice Holman has declared.
In Constanides v Constanides, the wife had gone to court to seek enforcement of a
The Child Support Agency (CSA) is slowly fading into history.
Under the auspices of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the brand new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has been trialling cases over the last few months and will now handle all new applications for child support.
A Russian woman who won a record-breaking £53 million settlement from her former husband has been awarded additional legal costs of more than £1.5 million.
The unnamed woman separated from her husband, a highly successful businessman also from Russia, in 2008, after an 17 year marriage. She filed for divorce in Russia the
Now, I don't know whether Mr Justice Moor's estimate of Mr Young's worth
As mentioned here, the week began with a disagreement between Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove and domestic violence charity Women’s Aid over whether or not domestic violence is a “life choice”. Now, I’m not going to
Michelle Young has been awarded £20 million in the High Court.
Mr Justice Moor said her estranged husband Scot Young hid assets of £45 million from her during their protracted and acrimonious divorce proceedings, and ruled that she should receive half as a lump sum payment, minus £5 million to cover his debts.
Mrs Young had claimed her husband concealed “a few billion”, but Mr Justice Moor rejected these suggestions as “fanciful”.
"I cannot see how he would have complied with an order for a lump sum
A woman engaged in financial remedy (settlement) proceedings with her estranged husband has successfully appealed after the original legal order was set aside.
In Duncan v Duncan, the wife’s legal representative discovered the day before the final financial hearing was due to take place that he had represented the husband
Yesterday I mentioned the way some well-known cases come to seem like old friends to us lawyers. Another example of the genre cropped up in a law report that appeared on Bailii yesterday. It is one of the best known “old friends”: White v White.
But I am getting ahead of myself. The report in question concerned the
Here’s a story that will give anyone who has ever dreamt of winning the lottery pause for thought: a couple who won an enormous £148 million on the lottery have separated.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk hit the jackpot in August last year, winning a total of
Regular readers of this blog may well recall the saga of Petrodel v Prest, the long-running divorce dispute between Yasmin Prest and her wealthy ex-husband Michael which went all the way to the Supreme Court in June.
The former Mrs Prest appeared to have won her case. The Justices of the Supreme Court ruled that the Petrodel Resources and other companies controlled by Mr Prest must hand over a number of
It’s strange how often valuable assets disappear just when couples split up.
Now, a cynic might say that this is an example of one party deliberately hiding the assets to prevent their ex from getting their hands on them.
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Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner in Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Yorkshire, Cheshire and London. With more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings she is regarded as one of the most formidable and sought after divorce lawyers in the UK. In 2012, Marilyn became one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator.
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