Category Archives: Family Law

Is this finally the end of the blame-game in divorce?

The UK government are set to announce a consultation on ‘no-fault divorce’ as Justice Secretary David Gauke described the current system as creating “unnecessary antagonism” following the case of Owens v Owens. It was reported that David Gauke now plans … Continue reading

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The continuing myth of the Common Law Marriage

It is a widespread misconception that there is such thing as the ‘common law marriage’ with many people believing that if they are in a long-standing relationship, often with children involved, they will begin to acquire the same rights as … Continue reading

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A Crackdown on the Way for Can’t pay? Won’t Pay! in Divorce

Are the government about to reform enforcement measures for family financial orders? The Law Commission has previously published a report recommending various proposals aimed at making it easier to enforce family financial orders. The summary of the Law Commission report … Continue reading

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Supreme Court rules Wife has to stay in loveless marriage

Today, the Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has decided that Mrs Owens has to stay married to her husband. Mrs Owens has been seeking a divorce for 3 years. Mrs Owens’ journey Mr and Mrs Owens … Continue reading

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The break-up fee: the cost of a failed relationship

Would you pay your ex money to soften the break up?   There is a new dating trend in China in which people are doing just that. A case full of cash (equivalent to £232,323) was recently found in a bar … Continue reading

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Heterosexual civil partnerships

In February 2017 we posted a blog on the continuation of the battle for heterosexual civil partnerships. Since then, Mr Keidan and Mrs Steinfeld have taken their case to the Supreme Court and have left the judge calling it a ‘blatant … Continue reading

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Islamic and Civil marriage; Shariah law and Divorce

I recently met a new client seeking some advice about a pre-nuptial agreement. He was a young man who was potentially going to marry his partner in an Islamic ceremony and then they would both move into his home which … Continue reading

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Pre-nuptial agreement signed on the day before the wedding is accepted by the Court of Appeal

We commented on the case of Mr and Mrs Versteegh in February of this year regarding the ex-wife awarded £90 million in a divorce settlement who was fighting for more in an appeal against the judgement. On 10th May the … Continue reading

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The Modern Approach to “Meal Tickets” – Court overturns Order that granted a millionaire’s ex-wife maintenance for life

The Court of Appeal (“CoA”) yesterday reaffirmed the Court’s more modern approach to spousal maintenance,  championing “clean breaks” between divorcing couples and limiting claims for ongoing spousal maintenance (reports of the story are accessible both here and here). In Waggott … Continue reading

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Reform, reform, reform – family law issues for the ages

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division has recently delivered a speech at the University of Edinburgh Law School castigating the speed of progress of reform in family law. Particular focus was given by Sir James regarding cohabitant’s … Continue reading

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