Scottish divorce law ‘leaves wives worse off’

December 13, 2017 5 comments

finances and divorce

Differences between Scottish and English divorce law can leave wives worse off according to a legal organisation. Consensus Collaboration Scotland is a north-of-the-border network of lawyers and financial experts working to promote alternatives to the courtroom for divorces and family disputes. Speaking to Scottish newspaper The Herald, member Denise Laverty noted that: “One of the…

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University lecturer “never legally married” to ex-wife

November 15, 2016 1 comment

financial settlements

A university lecturer locked in a courtroom battle with his estranged wife over ownership of a £1 million house has claimed they were never legally married. The man, who lectures at a university in Oxford, left his wife after she reportedly accused him of infidelity and attacked him in 2012. She pleaded guilty to assault…

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EU announces new marital property regulation

June 21, 2016 0 comments

family life

The Council of the European Union has announced a new multi-country regulation on the distribution of marital assets following divorce. If passed, the new regulation would implement “enhanced cooperation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes”. To date, 18 member states have expressed a willingness…

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John Bolch on the reform of family law (Part 2)

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May 22, 2014 0 comments

judges

Continuing my survey of recent family law reforms from my last post I’ll turn now to what is, after arrangements for children, perhaps the most contentious area of private family law: sorting out financial/property settlements on divorce. Here, there really hasn’t been an awful lot of change to the substantive law over the last forty…

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What the Law Commission didn’t say by John Bolch

February 27, 2014 5 comments

legal aid

As I’m sure you will be aware, the Law Commission has today published its report upon matrimonial property, needs and agreements. Much has already been said and written about it, and no doubt much more will be said and written about it in the coming days. However, it only really scratches the surface of what…

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Law Commission delays report on matrimonial property

October 17, 2013 2 comments

The Law Commission has delayed publication of its long-awaited report into matrimonial property law. The Law Commission is a statutory independent body set up to review existing legislation. It originally set out to examine existing laws on the distribution of marital property following divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership in 2009, and published…

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