Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 comments

family law

ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Jennifer Williamson, a senior solicitor based in our Winchester office. “My son and daughter are both teenagers now and my son will be going off to university soon. How does that affect…

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Do judges favour wives?

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February 14, 2017 6 comments

family law

For the second day in a row I find myself writing a critical post here about an article that appeared in a national newspaper. Still, I suppose someone has to make sure that the great British public (or at least that part of it in England and Wales) is properly informed… On Sunday a piece…

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Liabilities are human beings: needs in divorce

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February 9, 2017 8 comments

finances and divorce

The story of the 50 year-old Surrey man who was supposedly told by the Court of Appeal earlier this week that he must support his ex-wife ‘for life’ generated predictable controversy and headlines. The couple had married in 1988 and eventually went their separate ways 15 years ago. In their divorce she received a significant…

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Baroness Deech bill passes second reading

January 30, 2017 0 comments

House of Lords, family law

The private member’s bill tabled by crossbench peer Baroness Deech has passed its second reading in the House of Lords. The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill will now proceed to committee stage. The first reading took place in May last year. The bill would amend ageing divorce legislation the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, specifically section 25…

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Divorce finance reform bill to be debated in Parliament tomorrow

January 26, 2017 2 comments

family law

A private member’s bill which would make significant changes to divorce finance law will receive a second reading the House of Lords tomorrow. The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill aims to ‘update’ the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and bring it into line with current social perspectives. It was tabled by crossbench peer and legal academic Baroness…

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