The most senior female judge in UK history, Baroness Hale, has called for the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales. In an interview with London’s Evening Standard newspaper, the deputy president of the Supreme Court discussed a range of contemporary issues facing the English judiciary, and made some recommendations... Read More
Fittingly for a state famous for its speedy weddings, the US state of Nevada also offers a short cut for couples seeking to expedite their divorce: a spouse need only reside in the state for six weeks before filing for divorce, regardless of where the marriage took place. The South Korean website Chosun Ilbo reported in 2014 an... Read More
Despite its billing as the most wonderful time of the year, the Christmas period has quietly developed another, very different reputation: the period in which the most applications for divorce are filed. This trend is so pronounced that the first working Monday after Christmas has been dubbed “Divorce Day”, as Google searches and... Read More
Press reports have made much of the Cooper-Hohn divorce settlement figure of £337m, said to be the largest pay-out in English history. And it seems the fight may not be over, as the wife’s team has intimated that there may be an appeal. Sir Chris Hohn and his estranged wife, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, are battling over the £700m... Read More
On 2 December 2014 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in H v H EWCA Civ 1523. As discussed elsewhere, Mr Justice Coleridge, sitting in the High Court in March, included in his lump sum award to the former wife an element of compensation for the sacrifice of her career as an accountant. Coleridge J said that “there remain a... Read More
Thomas More, the 16th century philosopher and statesman, and author of Utopia, argued that the law should be made simpler so there would be no need for lawyers at all.
Following the summit of the G20 leaders on 15 and 16 November 2014, the group issued a declaration. This included a statement endorsing a set of core principles on the transparency... Read More
Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has announced that the Home Office will be given new powers to tackle sham marriages. Among the changes will be the extension of the notice period for marriages and civil partnerships from 15 to 28 days. During this period any proposed marriages or civil partnerships involving a non-EEA... Read More
A couple of months ago, my colleague Cate Maguire reported on the Hamm v Hamm divorce case, then making its way through the Oklahoma courts. Judgment in that case has since been handed down, with the wife, Sue Ann Hamm, being awarded nearly $1 billion, or $995 million (£630 million) to be precise. This sounds like a lot of money –... Read More
A year ago this month, the 2013 Grant Thornton Matrimonial Survey was published in its tenth edition. It was notable because the leading concern for the family lawyers who served as respondents for the survey – for the first time since 2008 – was the increase in litigants in person (24 percent) due to a lack of public funding. This... Read More
According to the Office for National Statistics, there has been a decrease in the number of divorces taking place after short marriages.
Official figures show that the number of divorcing couples who have been married under seven years has fallen by a fifth. Indeed, the number of couples going their separate ways in the early stages of marriage is... Read More
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