The long-term same-sex partner of a successful property developer has taken her fight for a larger share of her fortune to the Court of Appeal. Helen Roocroft claims that non-disclosure on the part of her ex, Carol Ann Ainscow, misled her into accepting a much smaller settlement than she should have been due when their civil partnership ended in... Read More
In 2015, Adam John Moore, a man in his thirties from Exeter, plead guilty to bigamy. With such a headline, the story soon spread to a number of national newspapers. Unusual, but not unheard of, one may think. However, this was not a case of deliberate deception, but a case of ignorance. Moore had married Lyndsey Heywood in December 2008, but... Read More
While family lawyers and senior judges call for no-fault divorce to be added to the legal books in England and Wales, the situation in the United States is taking an altogether different turn among some quarters. In America, it could be said that divorce laws are generally more liberal; the momentum for no-fault divorce began all the way... Read More
News reports have emerged of a man from Harrogate standing trial for the murder of his wife’s lover, after he allegedly tracked the pair down using an app called Find a Friend. Prosecuting barrister, Bryan Cox QC, told the jury that the defendant “went to considerable lengths” to find the man with whom he believed his wife to... Read More
Baroness Deech is currently supporting a House of Lords Private Members Bill addressing financial provision on divorce. The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill proposes that spousal maintenance should be restricted to a total of three years, save in exceptional circumstances.
This reflects the position in Scotland, amongst other countries, where... Read More
Baroness Deech, Chair of the Bar Standards Board and a member of the House of Lords has discussed the thorny issue of spousal maintenance in an interview with the Financial Times. The problem, she suggests, is that generous maintenance payments give young women the idea that their best bet in securing their financial future is to marry a... Read More
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