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Divorce law blog

Are you ready for divorce or separation? It’s allegedly the time of year when many of us find out ...


22/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
You may be sure you want a divorce, or unhappy with your marriage and can’t see another way forward, or on the receiving end of this from your partner, and don’t believe there are any issues in your relationship, or can see that there are issues but don’t know what to do about them or are faced with a partner who is not motivated to do anything about them.

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Sorted out the finances on your divorce? Get an order to make sure the deal sticks


17/06/2015   By: Jane Booth
There have been a couple of cases which have featured in the press recently which have underlined the importance of getting a proper court order confirming the financial deal following a divorce. In one the agreement was not formally approved by the court. In the other there wasn’t an order at all. The first case involved a doctor’s wife (Ms Wilson) who was reportedly forced to swap her £3.2m home for a rented council flat and to live on benefits after her and her ex’s attempt to settle their divorce on-the-cheap went “completely wrong”.

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Mills & Reeve’s Full Scale Ahead report highlights issues faced by business owners on divorce


08/06/2015   By: Jane Booth
Mills & Reeve asked the owners of 500 medium sized businesses (50-500 employees/ £200m+ turnover) to tell us about the challenges they face in becoming the next generation of world-leading large enterprises. The result, a 28-page Full Scale Ahead report, produced some interesting findings, particularly for business owners who are going through divorce or those who are concerned about protecting their business in the event of divorce.

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The truth behind the “get a job” headlines


30/04/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
Last month, a lot of fuss was made about a divorce concerning a vet and a stay at home mother. You may have seen some of the newspaper headlines. According to those papers, the wife had apparently been told by a judge to “go out and get a job”. The headlines suggested that a sensational change in the law had taken place – that divorced women could no longer expect to receive spousal maintenance and should go back to work once their children were at school. But is that what really happened?

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…a cautionary tale


22/04/2015   By:
Multi-millionaire Dale Vince, wind-farm entrepreneur and founder of Ecotricity, has failed in his attempt to strike out his former wife’s financial claims which come more than 20 years after their divorce. The decision of the Supreme Court last month means that his former wife, Kathleen Wyatt, has a green light to pursue her claim for a lump sum against Mr Vince. She also has the benefit of a costs funding order which requires Mr Vince to pay a total of £125,000 to enable Ms Wyatt to pay for legal advice and representation.

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Maintenance - meal ticket for life or essential support


28/07/2014   By: Nick Stone
When it comes to dealing with the financial consequences of a divorce, little divides opinion and gets people as hot under the collar as the thorny issue of maintenance payments after a divorce. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a man who uses the term “meal ticket for life” to describe the ongoing financial support he is giving to his ex-wife is not exactly over the moon about the payments. But is maintenance between ex husbands and wives the norm? If you pay or receive maintenance how long is this going to be for?

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Summer Wedding? The hot topic is pre-nuptial agreements!


24/03/2014   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Pre-Nuptial agreements, sometimes referred to as pre-nups or pre-marital agreements, have been the subject of the most recent Law Commission’s report. Not only are pre-nuptial agreements in vogue at the moment, they are also far more widely used, socially acceptable, and increasingly enforceable.

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Law Commission Recommends “qualifying Nuptial Agreements” should be legally binding – a view from North of the Border


05/03/2014   By:
In recommending that Nuptial Agreements meeting certain criteria should be made legally binding, the Law Commission’s proposals, if adopted, would bring the law of England and Wales in line with the law of other jurisdictions; and those other jurisdictions include Scotland.

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Law Commission recommends 'qualifying' nuptial agreements should be legally binding


27/02/2014   By:
Today the Law Commission published its long-awaited report on whether pre-nuptial (as well as post-nuptial) agreements should be legally binding. To no-one’s surprise, the report recommends that nuptial agreements, which meet certain criteria (so called ‘qualifying’ nuptial agreements) should be made legally binding.

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What will happen to my future bonuses in the event of a divorce?


07/02/2014   By: Sue Brookes
Many financial settlements are complicated by the fact that one spouse is paid a discretionary bonus and, when it comes to working out the right amount of maintenance, this can often be a source of contention. For the purposes of illustration let’s say it’s the husband who gets the bonus and the wife that is making the financial claims, although it would be exactly the same the other way round.

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