Consent orders, divorce debt & death

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April 8, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Neil Dring, a solicitor in our Wetherby office. If you have a question, send it to ask@stowefamilylaw.co.uk. “In my consent order I was given the marital home and my ex had the…

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Do judges favour wives?

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February 14, 2017 6 comments

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For the second day in a row I find myself writing a critical post here about an article that appeared in a national newspaper. Still, I suppose someone has to make sure that the great British public (or at least that part of it in England and Wales) is properly informed… On Sunday a piece…

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Liabilities are human beings: needs in divorce

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February 9, 2017 8 comments

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The story of the 50 year-old Surrey man who was supposedly told by the Court of Appeal earlier this week that he must support his ex-wife ‘for life’ generated predictable controversy and headlines. The couple had married in 1988 and eventually went their separate ways 15 years ago. In their divorce she received a significant…

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The pitfalls of a verbal agreement on divorce by Kate Rayner

December 23, 2016 0 comments

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Solicitor Kate Rayner will be Managing Partner of the new Stowe Family Law Tunbridge Wells office (for more information, click here). Previously based at the firm’s Hale office, Kate has helped resolve many intricate financial disputes during her career and has been instructed by many high net worth individuals involved in family disputes. She is…

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Fashion mogul challenges £2.7m divorce settlement

November 29, 2016 2 comments

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A fashion mogul has launched an appeal against a £2.7 million divorce settlement. The former teacher, who built his own clothing empire, separated from his wife in 2002 after an 18-year marriage. Their divorce was then finalised in 2005. At the time, he agreed to let his ex-wife keep their marital home worth £700,000 and…

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Should you keep in touch with an ex?

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September 23, 2016 1 comment

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Breaking up is rarely simple. Someone who once shared your life could soon become a stranger. But should exes stay in touch or should they have a complete clean break? That was the question I was asked on BBC Tees this morning by presenter Mike Parr. I explained that there are two different ways to…

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‘Insolvent’ husband wins appeal against jail term

July 15, 2016 1 comment

finances and divorce

The former director of a software firm has won his appeal against a suspended jail sentence after failing to pay his ex-wife court-ordered maintenance. The couple’s marriage ended after 25 years in 2013. They led a prosperous lifestyle but also spent freely, a pattern which continued after their separation. By the time their case reached…

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