Category Archives: Family Law

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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Chinese Village’s Rush for Divorce

Divorce is something that should be given serious thought, so we were surprised to hear of what’s been happening in the small Chinese village of Jiangbei recently. In the village, a mass of couples are filing for divorce in the … Continue reading

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Special Contribution in Divorce finance cases

Is Ryan Giggs a genius? Anybody who isn’t a Manchester United fan would probably say ‘No’. Paul McCartney was described as an ‘icon’ in his famous divorce from Heather Mills but how do you compare one of the most influential … Continue reading

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No-fault divorce debate – Wife’s appeal against refusal to allow divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour dismissed

The judgement in the case of Owens v Owens has been handed down, which has decided that the original judge who refused the wife the right to be granted a divorce, was not wrong in coming to his decision. The … Continue reading

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The fight continues for heterosexual civil partnerships

A heterosexual couple who have been battling to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage have lost their Court of Appeal case. Although the Court found that there was a potential breach of their human rights, they were prepared … Continue reading

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Should ‘social change’ give rise to a 5 year cap on spousal maintenance payments?

Where should post-marriage financial dependency end? In a world with a greater emphasis on independence, is the law holding back on allowing divorced couples the freedom to move on and become less reliant on their former partner? This issue was … Continue reading

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