Costs, pensions, domestic violence and more

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March 2, 2018 1 comment

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A week in family law The Arctic weather conditions across the country may have grabbed the headlines this week, but there were also a few significant family law news stories… First up, a mother is facing having to pay a costs bill approaching £20,000, after successfully challenging an order made in care proceedings relating to…

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Pensions and divorce by Angela Sussens

February 12, 2018 2 comments

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Often pensions are the second, if not the most valuable asset in the ‘’matrimonial pot’ during divorce proceedings. And amongst the options open to the Court in relation to these are ‘pension sharing orders’ and ‘pension attachment orders’. A pension sharing order transfers a specified percentage of a pension fund into a separate fund for…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Online divorce, no-fault divorce, and more

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November 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The Justice Minister Dominic Raab has written to the Law Commission to say that it’s not the right time for a full review of marriage law, but the government hasn’t ruled out further work in the future. In December 2015 a scoping report from the Commission identified issues with the…

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Divorced women miss out on £5bn in pensions

November 1, 2017 1 comment

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Divorced women in the UK could be missing out on as much as £5 billion in pensions every year. In a survey of more than 10,000 people, more than half of married people said they would fight for their fair share of any jointly-owned property in the event of a divorce. More than a third…

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Supreme Court backs pensions equality for same sex couple

July 12, 2017 1 comment

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A former cavalry officer in a same sex marriage has secured a landmark pensions ruling from the Supreme Court. After leaving the military, John Walker, now 65, spent his career at chemicals company Innospec, contributing to the firm’s occupational pensions scheme.  He entered a civil partnership in January 2006 and this was later converted into…

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