Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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Loopholes ‘depriving single parents of child support’

June 26, 2017 17 comments

child maintenance

‘Loopholes’ mean too many absent parents are not paying their dues, single parent charity Gingerbread has claimed. In a new report entitled Children Deserve More, Gingerbread insist that recent reforms to the child maintenance system have “prioritised administrative convenience over all other concerns” and “desperate” parents with care are being let down by an unhelpful…

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‘Out of time’ maintenance appeal dismissed.

June 19, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

A father’s attempt to appeal the award of a payment to his ex-wife has been dismissed by the Family Court. The case concerned a ‘lump sum deduction order’ (LSDO) relating to child maintenance arrears. Such orders are instructions to the person’s bank or building society to deduct a sum of money, which is then paid…

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Divorce proceedings to be split from financial applications

June 16, 2017 0 comments

divorce

Divorce proceedings to be split from financial applications From next Monday (June 19) family court divorce proceedings will run separately to financial applications. The rollout of ‘administrative de-linking’ across England and Wales follows a successful trial said Family Division President Sir James Munby and HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) deputy chief executive Kevin Sadler. …

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Children’s charity chief to pay ex-wife £282m

June 13, 2017 0 comments

family law

A hedge fund boss who runs a children’s charity has been ordered to pay £282 million to his ex-wife’s new cause. When the couple finalised their divorce in December of 2014 the husband was told to pay his former spouse £337 million. This represented a third of his fortune. Since that decision, however, the two…

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