Costs, pensions, domestic violence and more

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March 2, 2018 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The Arctic weather conditions across the country may have grabbed the headlines this week, but there were also a few significant family law news stories… First up, a mother is facing having to pay a costs bill approaching £20,000, after successfully challenging an order made in care proceedings relating to…

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Divorcing husband fined for ‘harassing’ wife

February 7, 2018 13 comments

family law

A Cheshire husband has been found guilty of harassing his estranged wife by contacting her directly rather than going through a solicitor. The 45 year-old businessman, from Knutsford, moved out of the couple’s home in 2015 after a ten year marriage, and divorce proceedings followed. The couple had known each other since their school days,…

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The costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Divorcing couple criticised for ‘crazy’ legal bills

May 10, 2017 3 comments

family law

An estranged couple has been criticised for the “crazy” amount of money they have spent on legal bills during their divorce. In a dispute over assets valued at £10 million, the couple have already spent a combined total of £1.5 million on legal fees alone. At the High Court, Mr Justice Holman expressed dismay that…

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Divorce dispute lasts longer than marriage

March 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

An ongoing financial dispute between a divorced couple has now run longer than the pair were married. The former husband was a commodities broker with homes in Ibiza and Verbier, Switzerland, while the wife was a model. Now both in their early thirties, the couple met in 2010 and lived a “hedonistic” life until they…

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Footballer’s divorce causes ‘excessive’ legal fees

January 5, 2017 2 comments

family law

The legal fees racked up during a former Premier League football player’s divorce were “excessive and wholly disproportionate to the issues”, a High Court judge has declared. The unnamed French athlete and his former wife incurred around £234,000 in legal costs between them over the course of their financial dispute. The footballer owed his solicitors…

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Child arbitration: an alternative to the courts

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September 15, 2016 0 comments

Stowe Family Law, family law

I have spoken approvingly about family arbitration on this blog many times before. Of course I’m biased being an arbitrator myself, but as all readers know this Yorkshirewoman is unafraid to give a blunt opinion, good or bad. My opinion of family arbitration has only been strengthened since the recent introduction of child arbitration. Let…

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