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 is... 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
A letter from Catherine of Aragon, which asks for help from the pope to prevent her marriage being annulled, is up for auction in Paris.
Henry VIII’s scorned first wife wrote the epistle to a Roman Catholic cardinal, Francisco de Quiñones, a relative of hers, begging him to help her by asking Pope Clement VII to refuse to grant the annulment.... Read More
Should the division of finances following divorce take into account the fact that one party to the marriage has sacrificed a potentially high-earning capacity in order to care for the family?
In March 2014, the High Court of Justice heard the case of H v H EWHC 760 (Fam). The parties were divorced in 2005. The former husband – a successful... Read More
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