A personal review of the year, part 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

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This continues my personal review of 2017. (The first part, covering the January to April, can be found in my post here yesterday). May: crazy My story choices for May are all about finances, the first two both about the extraordinary sums of money divorcing couples are prepared to spend arguing over who has what….

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Maintenance variation, adultery and more

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August 18, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The proper approach to applications to vary maintenance orders is to be considered by the Supreme Court, in the case Mills v Mills. The facts of the case are that the parties were divorced in 2002. Their financial claims were settled by a consent order which, amongst other things, provided…

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Baby Boomers ‘have more affairs’

July 6, 2017 1 comment

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People over 55 are more likely to be unfaithful to their partner than younger people. A professor at the University of Utah made this claim after his analysis of the General Social Survey, which collects from across the United States over a long period of time to identify shifting trends in American life. Nicholas Wolfinger’s…

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‘Other woman’ ordered to pay wife $8,000

June 23, 2017 1 comment

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A woman in Zimbabwe has been ordered to pay US$8,000 (£6,315) to the wife of a man she is having an affair with. The wife had launched a legal bid claiming $25,000 (£19,735) in “adultery damages” from the other woman after she learned of her husband’s affair. Although the couple were still married, and had…

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The return of acrimony to divorce proceedings

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June 7, 2017 1 comment

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I suppose it was inevitable. It has been reported that divorce petitions based upon ‘unreasonable behaviour’ are being drafted with far more acrimonious allegations, following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Owen v Owens in March this year. To recap from the beginning, if a person wishes to commence divorce proceedings before they have been…

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How to get divorced (part two)

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December 22, 2016 3 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER Each week, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Last Thursday, Neil Dring, who is based in our Wetherby office, explained how to begin the divorce process in England and Wales. Here he examines the commonest fault-based grounds for divorce.   Adultery The first and perhaps easier…

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Indian Court: adultery is not cruelty

November 27, 2016 1 comment

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An extra-marital affair does qualify as cruelty, the Indian Supreme Court has declared. The case which prompted this ruling involved a husband who had been unfaithful to his wife of seven years. Shortly after discovering the infidelity the wife killed herself.  The man was then charged with ‘abetment to suicide’ as prosecutors claimed his actions…

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