Silly season

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January 2, 2018 3 comments

family law

I thought that the expression ‘silly season’ referred to the period in high summer when there was so little news about that news outlets had to come up with various ‘silly’ stories to fill their publications. However, it seems from some of the things I read last week that the term can just as well…

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Is your marriage really registered? By Sarah Jane Lenihan

December 16, 2017 1 comment

marriage

Since working in London I have been consulted by a number of clients who have undergone solely religious marriages that were never been officially registered, only to find out later, when the relationship breaks down, that the marriage is therefore not legally recognised. The ceremonies in question took place in England. The legal situation with…

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Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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Court of Appeal refuses divorce plea

March 24, 2017 0 comments

divorce

A woman in her 60s has failed in her bid to appeal a refusal of her divorce petition. Tini Owens had been married to her husband Hugh for no less than 35 years when she left the couple’s home in 2013. She filed for divorce, claiming their relationship had become “loveless” and prone to rows…

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Wives can be breadwinners too shock!

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March 6, 2017 0 comments

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Over the weekend a certain national newspaper ran a story under the headline: “Men ‘bullied’ out of generous divorce settlements by breadwinning wives” It was a bit of a non-story actually, created to fill a few column inches, and not really telling us anything we didn’t already know. Still, I thought it deserved a comment…

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Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 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 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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