Could your spouse’s behaviour affect your divorce settlement?

July 7, 2017 6 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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Wife has financial settlement docked for conduct

November 6, 2015 1 comment

finances and divorce

The former wife of a wealthy chartered accountant has had her financial settlement docked by no less than £400,000 for unreasonable litigation. In MF v SF, the couple in question had been married for 20 years. The wife, a former beauty therapist, became a full time mother after the birth of the first of their…

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A lesson in how not to conduct yourself

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November 2, 2015 2 comments

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It is trite to say that emotions can run very high in the course of family court proceedings. The same emotions that came to the fore when the relationship between the parties broke down are played out publicly (or at least no longer entirely privately) on the legal battleground. Feelings of revenge, unfairness, betrayal and…

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Divorce: High Court reaches 50:50 split decision

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February 20, 2015 3 comments

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Leading financial judge Mr Justice Mostyn QC considered the issues of non-matrimonial wealth via inheritance, as well as wealth accumulated post-separation, in a newly published judgement. It is a very worthwhile read if you are interested in the legal principles involved and the ways in which the law has been clarified through case law in…

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The Spouse Who Perverted the Course of Justice

February 27, 2009 1 comment

An interesting case was heard in Leeds Crown Court last month. A man was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice, after forging his disabled wife’s signature on divorce documents in order to divorce her without her knowledge. He had continued to live with his unwitting “wife” for a further year, sharing…

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Heather Mills minus the divorce lawyer

February 10, 2008 1 comment

Will there be blood on the courtroom carpet this week? As Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills face one another other in court this week, Sir Paul will be flanked by some of the country’s toughest lawyers. Ms. Mills, meanwhile, has elected to represent herself. To my way of thinking, having represented a client in…

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Checkmate!

November 27, 2007 1 comment

“The client walked away with millions – and I used the case as the basis for a storyline in The Archers.” The hardest cases – the tricky, nerve-wracking ones that need a bit of brain power – are always the most interesting. I like to play “intellectual chess”! One such case was when a client’s…

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