Category Archive: Divorce

Divorce – 50/50 Splits are Fair, but What About Post-Separation Earnings?

When divorcing couples have contributed equally to their marital fortune, the general rule is that assets will be split 50/50. However, as one ‘big money’ case showed, it is not always  as simple as that and complications can arise in respect of wealth that has been generated post-separation. Prior to a professional couple’s marriage, the…

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Pensioner Siblings Jailed for Contempt in Context of Big Money Divorce

Court orders must be obeyed or the whole system of justice breaks down. In a case on point, a brother and sister – with a combined age of almost 150 – were sentenced to imprisonment for contempt of court in the context of a big money divorce. The brother, aged in his 80s, had been…

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Big Money Divorcee Threatened with Jail over £88,000 Maintenance Arrears

When family judges make financial orders in divorce cases, they are not beating at air and have a panoply of powers to make sure that they are obeyed. A wealthy businessman who spent over £70,000 on his wedding to his new wife, whilst neglecting to pay maintenance to his ex-wife, found that out to his…

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No-Fault Divorce, a Step Closer

“No-fault divorce would help to remove an unnecessary process which simply makes life more complicated.” Sir James Munby Those who experience the breakdown of any marriage can empathise with the fact that divorce is a sad, stressful time and can often create a hostile environment for the parties involved. As it stands, to be granted…

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Straightforward Honesty is the Best Route to a Stress-Free Divorce

Any good family lawyer will tell you that the best way of minimising the expense and stress of divorce proceedings is to be straightforwardly honest. The point was well made by a case in which a successful property developer paid heavily for his misguided attempts to deny his ex-wife a just settlement. During their 25-year-marriage,…

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Divorcee Pays Price for Unwise Financial Choices – Supreme Court Rulings

Dependent spouses are entitled to have their reasonable financial needs met if their marriages end in divorce – but what happens if those needs are increased by their own unwise investment choices? The Supreme Court addressed that issue in an important test case. Following the end of a 15 year marriage, a divorce settlement was agreed…

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Pre-nups – how do they stand up in UK courts?

Pre-nups – how do they stand up in UK courts? For many years, pre-nups were considered the preserve of the rich and famous – usually in America. But seven years ago, a landmark case suggested they’d finally be taken seriously by UK courts. In what’s known as the Radmacher case, judges ruled that while financial…

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Fixed Fee Divorce

The breakdown of a marriage is extremely difficult for everyone involved. It can be a disruptive and unsettling time. One where you will need as much support and guidance as possible. You may be worried about what the future holds for you and your family but also what it may cost to sort things out…

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Tayntons offer new fixed fee divorce package

For the first time in their 150 year history, Tayntons, the Gloucester solicitors are now offering a fixed fee divorce package to help those struggling after legal aid changes. Although UK divorce rates have dipped slightly in the last few years there are still around 120,000 couples divorcing every year in England and Wales, said…

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