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Divorce Archive - 2014 - Page 2

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Catherine of Aragon’s divorce letter comes to auction

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

Compensation in divorce proceedings: Part 1

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

Harold Hamm: the $19 billion dollar man

A court in America is embarking on a nine week hearing which may result in the largest ever recorded divorce settlement. The case concerns Harold Hamm, the CEO and founder of the oil company Continental Resources. His 68% shareholding in the company is valued at about $19 billion. His second wife, Sue Ann Hamm, filed divorce proceedings following... Read More

What is the problem with criminalising controlling behaviour?

Following the recent public criticism of the way that police respond to domestic abuse in England and Wales, the government has launched a consultation to consider the current law on domestic abuse. The proposal is to introduce a new offence that specifically addresses controlling and threatening behaviour in intimate relationships, designed to... Read More

American billionaire Ken Griffin accused of undue pressure over prenup

A Chicago hedge fund manager has become embroiled in an acrimonious divorce, with contention arising over the signing of a prenup. Billionaire Ken Griffin, founder of Chicago’s largest hedge fund, Citadel LLC, has been accused by ex-wife Anne Dias-Griffin of pressuring her into signing the prenup only days before the wedding. Ken Griffin filed... Read More

Three ways to overcome non-disclosure

I have lost count of the number of times that a client has said to me "my spouse is very clever, he/she will not give proper financial disclosure and I won’t get my fair share upon divorce". It’s a fair concern: cases of non-disclosure are widely reported in the press and there are, unfortunately, a lot of cheats out there. The reality,... Read More

Reviewing bank account statements during divorce

During a divorce process, each spouse is required to complete full financial disclosure using a standard form, the Form E. One of the standard requirements of the Form E is to provide details of all bank accounts, and one year’s worth of statements for each account. Bank account statements can be a treasure trove of information. When I am... Read More

Peak divorce time? After many a summer…

“After many a summer…dies the swan” wrote Tennyson, only he was pondering the end of youth rather than the end of a marriage. It could just as easily refer to a breakup, however, with swans being famously symbolic of monogamy and commitment; it’s also quite appropriate given the marked rise in divorce enquiries the... Read More

The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill

A private member’s bill, known as The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Deech in February 2014, passed its second reading in the House in July. Baroness Deech continues to press Parliament to revisit the fundamental law governing financial provision in family proceedings for three... Read More

Sharing, needs and compensation: navigating divorce settlements

In family law there are three guiding principles for financial awards on divorce: sharing, needs and compensation. This stems from the ground-breaking case of Miller; McFarlane UKHL 24, which changed the landscape of family law. Whilst 'sharing' and 'needs' are always both discussed and invoked, cases applying the principle of 'compensation' for... Read More
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