Ex-wife of Swedish property developer seeks larger settlement

February 8, 2018 1 comment

family law

The ex-wife of a wealthy Swedish property developer has returned to court seeking a larger financial settlement. Prior to the divorce, Gerard Versteegh had an estimated fortune of £273 million. He and wife Camilla were married for 21 years and had three children together before a “traumatic” breakup in 2014. After marrying in Stockholm, the…

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High Court considers costs in surrogacy dispute

January 24, 2018 0 comments

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The circumstances surrounding an application for costs in a surrogacy dispute must be considered, a Family Court Judge has ruled. The surrogacy arrangement had been made by a former same sex couple. The resulting child, a daughter, was born in the United States and now lives in New York with her biological father, ‘Y’. His…

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Divorce: Spain versus England by Christopher Lee

January 9, 2018 1 comment

international divorce

Clients may have a choice of where to divorce.  Here we examine some of the very different procedures and possible outcomes that may arise if a couple has the right to divorce both in Spain and England or Wales (which, for simplicity, we’ll refer to here simply as ‘England’). London is (in)famously billed as “the…

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Memories of family cases at Somerset House

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December 7, 2017 1 comment

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Whilst reading a piece of news the other day (more of which in a moment) I was reminded of when I used to be a regular visitor to the Divorce Registry at Somerset House. Given that the central courtyard at Somerset House is currently hosting its annual ice skating rink, the event for which the…

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Same sex couples caught in legal limbo over Channel

October 23, 2017 2 comments

family law

A multinational same sex couple face the prospect of having to abandon plans to move to France. London-based Leandro Barreto and François Souyri have now been together for nine years. They entered a civil partnership in 2008 and later took advantage of the option to convert civil partnerships into a full legal marriage, as well…

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Parental alienation: clarity at last

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October 16, 2017 60 comments

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Professionals came together to recognise the impact of parental alienation on children at a special conference organised by the Central London branch of FNF (Families Need Fathers) this Saturday. Senior figures in the sector attended, including Cafcass CEO Anthony Douglas, His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood, barrister Francesca Wiley QC and the NSPCC’s Head of Safeguarding,…

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Son of Russian oligarch wins back divorce ‘top up’

October 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The son of a Russian oligarch has won back £1.14 million that had been awarded to his ex-wife as a divorce settlement ‘top up’. The 47 year-old son of a telecommunications mogul had originally agreed to pay his wife £5.1 million following their divorce back in Russia. He also gave her a flat in Moscow…

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Billionaire denies marrying ‘wife’ of 14 years

October 5, 2017 0 comments

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A billionaire London property mogul has claimed that he and his wife of 14 years were never legally married. The couple divorced last November but the 50 year-old husband now wants the decision reversed for this reason. He told the High Court that his ‘marriage’ was based on a false certificate the couple used to…

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