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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Baroness Deech’s Divorce Bill in her own words

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January 30, 2017 4 comments

finances and divorce

I think we can all agree that our nearly 50 year-old divorce laws need updating, even if we can’t agree exactly how to do so. Unfortunately, since the debacle that was the Family Law Act 1996, an ill-fated and ultimately aborted attempt to introduce no-fault divorce, the Government has consistently shied away from the effort…

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Baroness Deech bill passes second reading

January 30, 2017 0 comments

House of Lords, family law

The private member’s bill tabled by crossbench peer Baroness Deech has passed its second reading in the House of Lords. The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill will now proceed to committee stage. The first reading took place in May last year. The bill would amend ageing divorce legislation the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, specifically section 25…

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