Media allowed into Premier League star’s divorce

February 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

Former Premier League footballer Ryan Giggs has dropped plans to ban the media from court during his forthcoming divorce proceedings. The 43 year-old Welshman had applied for an order barring reporters but later decided to not pursue this, High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb noted in a newly issued ruling on preliminary issues. Although reporting…

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Liabilities are human beings: needs in divorce

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February 9, 2017 8 comments

finances and divorce

The story of the 50 year-old Surrey man who was supposedly told by the Court of Appeal earlier this week that he must support his ex-wife ‘for life’ generated predictable controversy and headlines. The couple had married in 1988 and eventually went their separate ways 15 years ago. In their divorce she received a significant…

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DWP boasts of 15,000 voluntary maintenance arrangements

February 9, 2017 3 comments

child maintenance

More than 30,000 parents have now set up voluntary child maintenance arrangements, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced. So-called ‘family-based arrangements’ are voluntary agreements between divorced or separated couples, in which the government does not intervene. In a new release the DWP announces that the parents of more than 15,900 children have…

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Surrey man ‘must support ex-wife for life’

February 7, 2017 4 comments

family law

A 50 year-old Surrey man must provide financial support for his ex-wife for life, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The couple married in 1988 and later had a son who is now an adult. They separated in 2001 and their divorce was finalised in 2002. At the time, the man’s now 51 year-old wife…

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Nigerian wife wants to divorce ‘lying’ husband

February 1, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

A woman living in the Nigerian capital Abuja has applied to divorce her husband after she discovered his claims to hold a well-paid job were fictitious. Appearing in a customary court (applying traditional tribal law), the wife told the judges that her spouse had claimed before their marriage to have a job at Zenith Bank,…

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Vermont judges shy away from major alimony reform

January 30, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

Judges in the small north-eastern state of Vermont have shied away from major alimony reform, to the disappointment of campaigners. In a new report, the Family Division Oversight Committee of the state’s Supreme Court recommends new guidelines and procedures on financial settlements and alimony ( normally referred to in the UK as spousal maintenance). The…

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