Former MP says reporting restrictions should not apply overseas

July 12, 2017 3 comments

finances and divorce

A former Liberal Democrat MP has claimed that the extension of a family court reporting restrictions to overseas journalists is heavy-handed. John Hemming represented the constituency of Birmingham Yardley for ten years, from 2005 to 2015. He has since become an outspoken and controversial campaigner on family legal issues. His comments followed the divorce of…

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Could your spouse’s behaviour affect your divorce settlement?

July 7, 2017 4 comments

family law

ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors address different legal issues and answer readers’ questions.  Today’s topic goes to Mark Heppinstall, a solicitor in our Ilkley office. If you have a question, send it to ask@stowefamilylaw.co.uk and we’ll choose one to be featured. Clients often ask me if the conduct…

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Financial advisors encouraged to work in family law

July 4, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

There is a pressing need for more accredited financial advisors within family law, Resolution has claimed. Currently only 42 advisors are accredited for work with divorced and separating couples in England and Wales the legal organisation notes: that is just one for every 5,000 divorces. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of family cases have a financial…

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Does Gingerbread have a monopoly on the argument?

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June 30, 2017 26 comments

finances and divorce

In an article in The Times this week headlined Fathers use elaborate tricks to avoid paying child support we hear the same one sided story from ‘single parent’ charity Gingerbread that men are feckless ‘high-rollers’ who care nothing for their children and create elaborate financial scams to defraud the hapless child maintenance and tax authorities…

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Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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