Upcoming tax changes in the US will affect spousal maintenance on divorce, incentivising wealthy families to kick-off divorce proceedings sooner rather than later “for tax reasons”. The changes could see the shape of American families in the immediate future dictated by financial considerations. The legislative changes in the US... Read More
A recent divorce case was heard in Ahmedabad, India whereby the husband sought a divorce on the grounds that the wife had a beard and she “sounded like a man”. This was rejected by a court. The husband told the court that prior to the wedding he only saw the wife on one occasion, when her face was covered with a veil. The union... Read More
The issue of spousal maintenance is often one of the most difficult aspects of a case to resolve between parties on divorce. The complex process is a necessary one and ultimately ensures that the less economically advantaged spouse is fairly awarded payments of maintenance to meet their ‘needs’ after the marriage has ended. That... Read More
Wealthy couples divorcing in the English courts bring in valuable revenue to prop up the justice system, according to a prominent judge. The remarks, reported in the Times, were made earlier this week by Richard Todd QC, deputy High Court judge and celebrated family law silk. Mr Todd was presiding over the High Court Belokon hearing... Read More
An ex-wife who was awarded £90million in her divorce from Swedish property tycoon Gerard Versteegh, lost her claim for £25m top-up after arguing that Brexit hit the value of her payout. Mrs Versteegh sought an appeal against a financial remedy proceedings order where she received about half of the non-business assets worth about... Read More
A woman who was refused a decree nisi by the Court of Appeal is taking her battle for a divorce to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens, who has been married to multimillionaire mushroom farmer, Hugh Owens, for 39 years, filed for divorce in May 2015. Her husband has defended the petition ever since, attesting that their marriage has not... Read More
A new report by the Nuffield Foundation has recommended that the law be reformed to allow no fault divorce. The recent report entitled No Contest: Defended Divorce in England and Wales is a companion to the October 2017 Finding Fault report, which found that 'the law is incentivising people to exaggerate claims of 'behaviour' or... Read More
Family Division President Sir James Munby has recently had to publish interim guidance after "a number of cases have been brought to [his] attention where decrees nisi and absolute have been granted" in violation of the Matrimonial Causes Act (MCA) 1973. Munby described two situations where divorce decrees were being granted in... Read More
Allowing couples to apply for a divorce online could save countless hours of court time. Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), recently spoke about HMCTS's digitisation of divorce to the Westminster Legal Policy Forum. He predicted the modernisation move... Read More
A judge has blocked ex- Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's attempt to quash subpoenas served to his divorce lawyer and his personal accountant. This is only the latest development in O'Reilly's legal battle against his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy. In 2016, 5 years after their 2011 divorce, O'Reilly filed a $10 million lawsuit... Read More
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