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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Florida may reconsider alimony law

January 12, 2017 0 comments

alimony

Lawmakers in the state of Florida may reconsider the controversial topic of alimony reform later this year, reports suggest. The so-called Sunshine State is one of the few in the union which can still impose lifetime alimony (maintenance) awards when couples divorce. These are payable until the recipient remarries or the paying spouse dies. There…

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Irish court rejects divorce pay increase

January 10, 2017 1 comment

High Court, Ireland, family law

The Irish Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid for an increased divorce settlement from her wealthy ex-husband. In 2005, the couple went through a judicial separation. Much like a divorce, this is a court order which defines the terms by which a married couple separate such as where will their children live or…

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Enforcement of financial settlements in the spotlight

December 15, 2016 5 comments

family law

The family courts should have greater powers to enforce financial settlements after divorce or the end of a civil partnership, the Law Commission has claimed. This independent statutory body reviews existing legislation and recommends reform. In a brand new report, the Commission sets out a range of recommendations designed to make it easier for the…

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