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Aristocratic heir disputing father’s will with his widow

October 19, 2017 2 comments

wills and probate

English aristocrat the 9th Earl of Bathurst is embroiled in a dispute over his father’s will with his widowed stepmother. Henry, the 8th Earl of Bathurst, divorced the mother of his three children in 1976. He later remarried and his 89 year-old second wife, Gloria, now carries the title Dowager Countess Bathurst. When Henry died…

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The costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Women outnumber men in same sex divorce

October 18, 2017 0 comments

divorce

A total of 112 same sex couples divorced in 2016 and nearly 80 per cent of these were female, the Office for National Statistics has reported. Although a small number, last year was only the second year in which divorce between same sex couples has been an option since the introduction of gay marriage in…

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Wife in Singapore jailed for stabbing husband

October 18, 2017 0 comments

divorce

An administrator in the Asian city state of Singapore was stabbed by his wife after she overheard him talking to his mistress on the phone. The couple were in their bedroom when a voicemail appeared on the husband’s phone from his Filipino lover. It said “I love you” and he responded in kind, The Straits…

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New senior liaison judge for the Family Division

October 17, 2017 0 comments

law

Veteran Judge Mr Justice Baker has been appointed Senior Liaison Judge for the Family Division. Family Division liaison judges supervise individual judges on their court circuit, deciding which cases they will hear and where they will sit. In his new role, Mr Justice Baker will have supervisory responsibility for the other liaison judges. Meanwhile he…

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Abuse allegations in bitter dispute thrown out

October 17, 2017 3 comments

family life

Allegations of abuse made by a bitter mother and daughter against  the father were untrue, a Family Court judge has ruled. The case concerned a brother and sister, now aged ten and seven. The parents were married but split up shortly after Christmas last year, when the mother took the children with her and moved…

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Personality clashes ‘don’t justify divorce’

October 17, 2017 0 comments

divorce

Personality clashes are not sufficient grounds for divorce, the High Court of Mumbai has ruled. Justices the were considering the earlier verdict of a family court in the city of Pune, 92 miles south-east of Mumbai. A local man had filed for divorce, claiming that his wife had been cruel to him and forced him…

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