Interim orders for the sale of property by Lesley Smythe

April 19, 2018 1 comment

finances and divorce

It has been a long-standing principal of family law legislation that the courts cannot usually make an order for the sale of a property until proceedings have concluded. However, it is becoming increasingly common for lawyers to conclude that particular cases might benefit from such ‘interim’ orders. Here are some examples: Where the matrimonial home…

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Man fails with 1959 property claim

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April 11, 2018 0 comments

property

I practised as a family lawyer from 1983 until 2009. I recall that the ‘oldest’ case I dealt with, in terms of relevant facts, was a divorce case in which the parties had separated way back in 1966. Exactly when I dealt with the case I can’t recall, but it was probably in the late…

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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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Divorcing couples spared stamp duty rise

November 23, 2017 1 comment

property

Divorcing couples should no longer run the risk of inflated stamp duties when buying property, following this week budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to close a loophole which had seen couples going through a divorce frequently penalised by a three per cent surcharge on second homes, a measure which had been intended to rein…

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Ex-wife fails in bid to increase £3.5m divorce settlement

September 1, 2017 4 comments

family law

The former wife of a wealthy property tycoon has failed in her bid to have her divorce settlement increased. She was originally awarded £3.5 million out of a £9.4 million fortune back in 2015 following the couple’s divorce. Her now 82 year-old ex-husband unsuccessfully tried to appeal against that amount last year. However, the 61…

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