Unmarried parents, children and chequebooks

March 28, 2008 5 comments

Some of the cases with which I become involved strike me as “entrapment”. Following my comments about cohabitation, Mr. Justice Charles, a veritable Sir Lancelot in shining armour, rides to the rescue! I am often asked to advise mothers who have not married their partners. They need to know the financial settlements they can expect…

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Maintenance, remarriage and “Barder” events

March 7, 2008 19 comments

Settle your case on a continuing maintenance basis, and it can come back to haunt you… For many people, a financial settlement represents the final chapter in a divorce. Generally, it comes to all concerned as a huge relief. Parties can begin to rebuild their lives, putting the unpleasantness of a break-up behind them. For…

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"Tabling" the assets to mutual advantage

January 9, 2008 0 comments

“His wife demanded half of his future income and bonuses. Could he ever achieve closure?” When assets in a medium-term, “big money” marriage are divided, it can be a difficult case to call. If the capital exceeds the reasonable needs of both husband and wife, how should the surplus be allocated? One client of mine,…

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Will the bucks fizzle out?

December 20, 2007 0 comments

“The Courts have been waiting eagerly for a pre-nup test case like this…” Pamela Harriman the late daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill was as renowned for her political foresight in supporting the then unknown but coincidentally charismatic and good looking Bill Clinton for the US Presidency – as she was for her string of incredibly rich…

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Room for manoeuvre

November 9, 2007 0 comments

family life

“In a year or two when their emotions have cleared, they may bitterly regret settling too fast and too expensively.” Sometimes I read in the press that family lawyers can inflame and prolong the divorce process. Perhaps some do. My own clients know from the outset what will happen in their own cases, because my…

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