‘Insolvent’ husband wins appeal against jail term

July 15, 2016 1 comment

finances and divorce

The former director of a software firm has won his appeal against a suspended jail sentence after failing to pay his ex-wife court-ordered maintenance. The couple’s marriage ended after 25 years in 2013. They led a prosperous lifestyle but also spent freely, a pattern which continued after their separation. By the time their case reached…

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Lengthy divorce ‘beggars belief’, Judge declares

July 13, 2016 0 comments

finances and divorce

A divorce dispute which began as long ago as 2001 has been described as “scandalous” and one that “beggars belief” by a High Court judge. The case concerned  a wealthy commercial pilot who had divorced his third wife in 2001. Proceedings are still continuing, making the dispute one of the longest in British legal history….

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Stamp duty and divorce

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July 12, 2016 3 comments

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On 30 June the Telegraph announced that “Thousands of Divorce Settlements could be left open to appeal” because of the new Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge.  This was a somewhat exaggerated claim, given that the rate of the SDLT surcharge is three per cent of the purchase price of a property, but I take the…

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MCJ v MAJ: financial remedy principles in action

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July 11, 2016 1 comment

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I don’t think there is anything new in Mrs Justice Roberts’ clearly-written judgment in MCJ v MAJ (Financial Provision: Treatment of Non-Matrimonial Property), but nevertheless it is an interesting and useful example of several financial remedy principles in action. In particular, we see at work the principles not just relating to non-matrimonial property, but also…

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Child contact and support are two separate issues

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June 20, 2016 11 comments

I don’t normally like to give publicity to such things, but the fathers’ rights protesters who gate-crashed ITV’s Loose Women programme the other day appeared to be shouting “No kids, no cash!” In other words, if they didn’t get contact with their children, they wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) pay any child support for them. It’s a…

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