Stowe Family Law discusses prenups in BBC debate

March 3, 2014 1 comment

Yesterday one of our long-serving international family lawyers, appeared on the BBC’s topical debate show The Big Questions to discuss the currently very topical issue of prenuptial agreements. He travelled down to Peterborough for the filming and reports that the show is thoroughly rehearsed beforehand, before the cameras eventually roll and the live broadcast takes place. He…

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Judge sets aside prenuptial agreement in Luckwell divorce

March 3, 2014 5 comments

High court judge Mr Justice Holman has set aside a prenuptial agreement in a high profile divorce case. In financial proceedings following the divorce of Victoria Luckwell and Francesco ‘Frankie’ Limata, the judge ordered Mrs Luckwell to finance the purchase of a house by her former husband. The award includes the purchase price, associated legal…

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Law Commission opts for ‘qualifying nuptial agreements’

February 27, 2014 12 comments

The Law Commission has recommended the introduction of legally binding ‘qualifying nuptial agreements’ in place of full prenuptial agreements. Qualifying nuptial agreements would allow both married couples and civil partners to make a mutual agreement on how their finances or property should be divided if they split, but they would only apply after the financial…

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High Court considers compensation in rare ruling

February 24, 2014 2 comments

finances and divorce

High Court judge Mr Justice Mostyn considered the legal principle of compensation in a recent ruling. SA v PA concerned a wealthy Dutch husband and English wife who were married for 18 years. They were both lawyers, with four teenage children. The couple were unable to reach a financial settlement during their divorce, with the…

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Bishop condemns prenuptial agreements by Cameron Paterson

February 17, 2014 5 comments

Prenuptial agreements – ‘prenups’ – are always, perhaps, going to be a hot button issue, provoking water cooler debate and gut reaction. For many, they conjure up images of overbearing spouses-to-be fast-talking their less wealthy partners into restrictive agreements that may not be in their best interests. It all depends on your point of view…

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Law Commission plans prenuptial agreement law

February 3, 2014 6 comments

Prenuptial agreements would be recognised in law under soon-to-be-published proposals by the Law Commission, The Times reports. Couples who plan to marry will be able to create legally binding agreements about precisely how money, property and other assets would be shared or ring-fenced in the event of divorce. Currently, prenuptial agreements have an uncertain legal status…

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Pets and divorce by John Bolch

January 14, 2014 2 comments

A survey by the Dogs Trust last week came up with the finding that a fifth of separating couples found deciding who gets the dog to be “as stressful” as deciding who should care for the children. Apparently, some people are so concerned about what will happen to their pooches if their relationship with their…

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