Category Archives: Family Law

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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Ex-wife awarded £90million fighting for more

An ex-wife awarded a £90 million settlement in 2014 upon divorcing her property tycoon husband is seeking to argue that she should receive another £25 million – despite having signed a pre-nuptial agreement.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5363469/Wife-signed-pre-nup-says-90m-payout-unfair.htm A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract … Continue reading

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Ant n Dec-ree absolute?

News has hit the headlines recently of another high-profile celebrity divorce, that being TV presenter of Ant-n-Dec-fame Ant McPartlin who has separated from his wife Lisa Armstrong. Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong have been in a relationship for over twenty … Continue reading

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Child Maintenance Clampdown – will it pay off?

Recovering unpaid money One of the ways the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) can recover money from a parent who has fallen into arrears with child maintenance payments is by taking money from their bank or building society account. However, money … Continue reading

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Naming or shaming?

Choosing baby names: a legal battle in the making? Adolf, Elvis, Madonna.  Upon hearing these names most of us will immediately think of the public figures behind them.  But why do we automatically draw (good or bad) connotations from names?  … Continue reading

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Equal pension rights for same sex married couples

Judgement has been handed down today in the Supreme Court which rules that a married gay man has been discriminated against by a pension scheme, and that his husband is entitled on his death to a spouse’s pension. The appellant … Continue reading

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Russian billionaire changes his mind in special contribution divorce case

Yet another special contribution case has hit the headlines, with the news yesterday that a Russian billionaire has been ordered to pay £453million to his ex-wife, or roughly 41.5% of the total matrimonial assets. The wife had claimed that the … Continue reading

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