Maintenance payments and a new partner: bad news for cohabitees? (Part 2)

February 19, 2010 195 comments

maintenance and a new partner

Changes to the law mean that ex-wives may now be faced with very tough choices post-divorce: do they live with someone, or keep their maintenance payments? In this popular post we look at Grey v Grey: a case involving a couple in their thirties, who had been married for 10 years with one daughter. Mr Grey appealed the maintenance awarded to Mrs Grey, on the basis of his former wife’s relationship with another man.

Maintenance payments and a new partner – what happens next? (Part 1)

February 17, 2010 117 comments

maintenance payments and a new partner

Your former wife is now happily living with a new partner. They are in a stable, supportive relationship and he doesn’t seem short of cash. So why are you still paying her regular maintenance? In this popular post, which continues to draw traffic and comments, we take a look at maintenance. It is one of the most divisive issues in family law, not least when one partner has moved on…

Divorce, Full Disclosure and Marco Pierre White

November 6, 2009 3 comments

 A recent case involving the fiery chef Marco Pierre White has sent shivers down the spines of family lawyers. Last week White, who has been estranged from his wife Mati since 2007, won his appeal against a High Court ruling that had halted his bid to seek damages from his wife’s lawyers for wrongful interference…

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Divorce, Fraud and the European Convention of Human Rights

September 1, 2009 0 comments

A couple of recent decisions have caught my eye. Both cases involve divorce and draw upon Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Paraphrased, Article 6 reads as follows. 1.    In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair…

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Are the odds stacked in favour of ‘gold diggers’?

August 26, 2009 0 comments

I have been fortunate enough recently to attend two horse racing events. I love the races, even though I’m not much of a gambler. The sleek lines of the beautiful horses, the roar of the crowd, everyone dressed up to the nines; intent on having a really good time and celebrating the King of Sports. A…

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Cohabitation: know your rights and the law

July 22, 2009 6 comments

I wanted to put my last post, about the Centre for Social Justice’s plans for cohabiting couples, into a factual and legal context. The couple I am about to describe never gave a thought to the nightmare “what if” scenario that exists for modern day cohabitants. Their experience is a salutary example to the millions…

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