EU announces new marital property regulation

June 21, 2016 0 comments

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The Council of the European Union has announced a new multi-country regulation on the distribution of marital assets following divorce. If passed, the new regulation would implement “enhanced cooperation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes”. To date, 18 member states have expressed a willingness…

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Russian oligarch fights wife over £10bn fortune

June 20, 2016 3 comments

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The former wife of a Russian oligarch is fighting for half of his £10 billion fortune in their divorce. Now living in London, the wife has rejected an offer of £32 million and is taking her case to the Russian Supreme Court for a larger share of her husband’s substantial wealth. She claims that he…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: EU law and the race for jurisdiction

June 20, 2016 1 comment

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So finally the big week is here. On Thursday we will all have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to vote on a topic that has been a source of lingering tension and rumbling rows in British politics for decades: our membership of the European Union. It is an odd, uncertain time, with campaigners handing out leaflets on…

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International relocation, divorce and pensions

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June 9, 2016 0 comments

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If you are planning to move abroad, no one ever thinks the worst will really happen to them. The family have an exciting opportunity to move to another country with perhaps better opportunities and better prospects for the children. But the possibility of divorce is not considered in the detail it deserves. In all the excitement, why would it?…

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High Court rejects diplomatic immunity claim

February 9, 2016 0 comments

The High Court has rejected a Saudi Arabian billionaire’s claim he holds diplomatic immunity from his wife’s maintenance bid. After a 13 year marriage the man divorced his American wife by ‘talaq’ – an Islamic practice which permits men to end their marriages by simply saying “I divorce you” three times. His ex-wife sought a…

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Diplomat dodges UK divorce claim

January 19, 2016 1 comment

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A Saudi Arabian billionaire has avoided a multi-million pound divorce claim in the UK by claiming diplomatic immunity. The 60 year-old businessman was appointed a diplomatic representative for the Caribbean nation of St Lucia in April 2014 despite not being a citizen of the country. Although countries can name foreign nationals as diplomats, it is…

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MP calls for UK involvement in American divorce

December 16, 2015 10 comments

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A Conservative MP has called for the UK to intervene in a US divorce. Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, wants to help a British woman living in California who has been told she cannot leave the state with her infant son until her divorce is complete. The woman’s marriage to an American multimillionaire “fell…

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Adultery fuels divorce in Singapore

November 28, 2015 0 comments

Singapore, divorce, clean break

Adultery is a major driver of divorce in Singapore, even though few admit it in court. Only one per cent of divorce applications in the Asian city state cited adultery, while a full 25 per cent the respondents in a recent survey admitted that infidelity had caused marriages to fail. According to a report in…

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