Discrimination and special contributions

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April 12, 2017 8 comments

finances and divorce

For the second time in under a week, senior judges have considered whether one person’s contribution to a marriage was so significant that it should be labelled “special”, thereby entitling that person to a greater share of the family’s wealth. In the most recent case involving Randy Work and his wife, Mandy Gray, the Court…

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Farmer cites Brexit in divorce appeal

April 11, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

A multi-millionaire fruit farmer from Kent has been given permission to appeal a divorce settlement, saying it had failed to account for the role played by his father in the creation of the family fortune. In recent divorce proceedings the 56 year-old’s wife was awarded £12.2 million from assets of around £30 million, the Evening…

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Canadian father must pay twice his income in maintenance

April 10, 2017 8 comments

family law

A father in the Canadian provice of Ontario is required to pay twice his after-tax monthly income in spousal and child support, a newspaper reports. The 51 year-old, from Oshawa, 60 miles east of Toronto, currently earns approximately CA $5,400 (£3,251) a month before taxes, as a consultant for a flooring company, according to the…

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The Peng-Chai divorce: lessons to be learned?

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April 7, 2017 1 comment

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The High Court has just handed down its judgment in relation to the marriage of Mrs Pauline Chai and her husband Mr Khoo Kay Peng. The couple had been married for over 42 years. They had five children together and had lived in Malaysia until Mrs Chai moved to this country. There followed a long running argument…

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An unusual maintenance variation case

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March 9, 2017 1 comment

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Reported cases on maintenance variation (i.e. where one party applies to the court to increase or decrease the amount of a maintenance order) are relatively rare these days. The case B v G, however, was also unusual for another reason. Normally if a party paying maintenance wishes to have the amount of the maintenance reduced…

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Widows should not inherit ‘if divorce was underway’

March 6, 2017 0 comments

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Widows should have no right to the property of their deceased husbands if divorce proceedings were underway when he died, an Indian family has claimed. The brothers and sisters of a man who lived in the southwestern Indian city of Kochi before his death more than three years ago have succeeded in an appeal against…

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A tribute, a short marriage and more

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March 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has paid tribute to his predecessor Sir Nicholas Wall, who died earlier this month, having reportedly taken his own life after being diagnosed with dementia. In a lengthy tribute Sir James said: “Sir Nicholas Wall was indisputably one of the outstanding family…

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