Family Justice Council examines financial needs after divorce

July 4, 2016 2 comments

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The Family Justice Council has published a guide to financial needs on divorce. It is aimed at primarily at legal professionals , unlike the Council’s guide to divorce finance for litigants in person, which was published earlier this year. Guidance on “Financial Needs” on Divorce is written to clarify the meaning of ‘needs’ when couples…

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Husband sent to prison for contempt of court

May 20, 2016 2 comments

A man involved in fraught divorce proceedings with  his former wife has been sentenced to prison for contempt of court. He and his second wife admitted breaching financial orders made during the “acrimonious” proceedings which followed the breakdown of a lengthy marriage to his first wife. One forbade him from disposing of certain matrimonial assets,…

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Law Society sceptical of jail terms for debt

August 13, 2015 1 comment

family law

The Law Society has expressed opposition to proposals that debtors in family courts should be jailed. Responding to a recently published consultation by the Law Commission on the enforcement of financial orders, the organisation agreed that the current system was complex and needed simplification. Current regulations “set out in a disparate range of legislation and…

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Financial orders and new ideas

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March 17, 2015 1 comment

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Yesterday I looked at the Law Commission’s recent consultation paper on the enforcement of financial orders, concentrating on the Commission’s proposals to improve the existing system of enforcement. In this post I will conclude my look at the paper by considering the Commission’s proposals for new methods of enforcement. Once again I will use the…

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Reforming enforcement of financial orders

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March 16, 2015 1 comment

child maintenance

It is a trite point, but it needs saying: there is no point whatsoever in obtaining a financial order against the other party in family proceedings if that party disregards the order and you are unable to enforce the order against them. Unfortunately, enforcing orders under the current system can be extremely difficult and time…

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Enforcement of financial orders considered

March 11, 2015 2 comments

The Law Commission has published a consultation paper seeking views on the enforcement of financial orders. Such orders are issued by the family courts when separating couples are unable to reach agreement amongst themselves or when parties seek an enforceable order. They are usually designed to meet the reasonable needs of both parties and maintain…

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Long-running divorce dispute sent back to court

January 8, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

In the latest stage of a long-running financial dispute between a former couple, the ex-husband has succeeded in an appeal against two separate legal orders. Mann v Mann concerned a couple who, following their separation, reached a financial settlement back in 1999. The husband was ordered to make regular maintenance payments to his wife on…

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