Homemade separation agreements are a bad idea

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September 28, 2017 3 comments

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I recall when I was practising occasionally coming across cases where, prior to consulting solicitors, the husband and wife had drawn up a written agreement purporting to set out an agreed financial/property settlement between them. Naturally, the parties (or at least one of them), would believe that the agreement was enforceable, setting in stone the…

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Maintenance variation, adultery and more

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August 18, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The proper approach to applications to vary maintenance orders is to be considered by the Supreme Court, in the case Mills v Mills. The facts of the case are that the parties were divorced in 2002. Their financial claims were settled by a consent order which, amongst other things, provided…

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Divorce proceedings to be split from financial applications

June 16, 2017 0 comments

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Divorce proceedings to be split from financial applications From next Monday (June 19) family court divorce proceedings will run separately to financial applications. The rollout of ‘administrative de-linking’ across England and Wales follows a successful trial said Family Division President Sir James Munby and HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) deputy chief executive Kevin Sadler. …

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Divorce: the View From the North by Alison McKee

June 8, 2017 0 comments

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The British media love divorce cases – they often provide intriguing glimpses into the lives (and finances) of the rich or famous. However, Scottish and English divorce laws are very different so you shouldn’t ever assume that anything you read about an English divorce case will apply north of the border. Where to divorce? There…

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A maintenance order for pets?

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May 18, 2017 4 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s topic goes to Rachel Roberts, a Partner in our Leeds office. If you have a question, send it to ask@stowefamilylaw.co.uk and we’ll choose one to be featured in the next Ask A Family Lawyer. Blog reader…

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Divorce dispute lasts longer than marriage

March 20, 2017 0 comments

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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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Prenuptial agreements & postnups: an essential guide

March 16, 2017 2 comments

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A prenuptial agreement is a contract between a couple intending to marry or to enter into a civil partnership to regulate their affairs in the event of the relationship coming to an end. Prenuptial agreements usually focus on the financial arrangements that would apply on divorce or dissolution of the civil partnership, but can also…

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The Brexit bomb: Article 50 and family law

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March 14, 2017 9 comments

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Tick, tick, tick – boom! It looks like any day now the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 and our divorce from Europe will begin. The similarities between Brexit and divorce have already been discussed on this blog and in the media. There is much to untangle both financially, legally and perhaps even culturally. There is also much to ponder regarding our relationship with Europe in the future as we continue to share common interests and values.