Archive for the 'divorce' Category

Court to rule on unmarried couples’ property rights – BBC News

“The Supreme Court is hearing a case which could have a dramatic effect on the property rights of unmarried couples who split up.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyers claim £645 million family breakdown legal aid bill – Daily Telegraph

“Legal aid lawyers are making £645 million from taxpayers over family breakdowns each year – £28 for every household in England and Wales.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couple told to cool off in £400m divorce battle – The Independent

“In what has become one of Britain’s most acrimonious and high-profile divorce battles, including walk-on roles for Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green, a couple at war over a £400m ‘missing fortune’ has been given six months to ‘cool off’ after a week of bitter exchanges in the High Court.”

Full story

The Independent, 16th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Separation mediation plan ‘rushed and flawed’ – The Guardian

“Last week the government’s independent Justice Review Panel published its interim report on the family justice system in England and Wales.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Public backs compulsory mediation assessments – Law Society’s Gazette

“Two-thirds of the public support the new enforced mediation assessments being introduced for divorcing and separating couples tomorrow, according to research published by City firm Charles Russell.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Russian wife’s £2.85m divorce in Britain will ‘open floodgates’ – Daily Telegraph

“A Russian student has been awarded £2.8 million after an 18-month marriage in a settlement that her ex-husband’s lawyer claimed could turn Britain into the ‘divorce capital of the world’.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Grandparents to get legal powers over access in divorce battles – Daily Telegraph

“Grandparents will get new legal powers to guarantee them access to their grandchildren following divorce battles under proposals unveiled today, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs warn against legal aid reforms in divorce cases – The Guardian

“Making eligibility for legal aid in divorce and custody cases dependent on accusations of domestic violence will create a ‘perverse incentive’ that encourages false allegations, according to a group of MPs.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Divorce: Couples face new mediation rules and warnings – BBC News

“Divorces in England and Wales could become quicker, less stressful and cheaper, but there are fears people will miss out on advice.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wife loses bid for bigger payout from estranged husband – Daily Telegraph

“The estranged wife of a former banker who argued that £4.8 million was not enough to live on yesterday lost a High Court bid for a larger slice of his wealth.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Family lawyers face up to challenges ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law is facing an unprecedented year of change, with practitioners under intense pressure to be innovative if they want to maintain the viability of their practices. Some family law departments are already downsizing, or are being closed, as experienced practitioners move firms or set up their own niche practices. However, others are embracing change and are among their firms’ top teams in terms of fee income and profitability.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Divorce: Mediation should help married couples split up – BBC News

“A major shake-up of the family court procedures in England and Wales comes into effect on 6 April 2011.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

More separating couples to be spared court battles – Ministry of Justice

“Anyone setting out to contest the terms of their separation in court will first be required to consider mediation, under a new protocol agreed with the Judiciary.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

News release: More separating couples to be spared court battles – Ministry of Justice

“Anyone setting out to contest the terms of their separation in court will first be required to consider mediation, under a new protocol agreed with the Judiciary.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Divorcing couples to go through mediation before court – BBC News

“Divorcing couples will be referred to mediation to sort out most disputes before they are allowed to use the courts, the government is announcing.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jones v Jones – WLR Daily

Jones v Jones [2011] EWCA Civ 41; [2011] WLR (D) 26

“Even if an earning capacity might also sometimes be relevant to a fair distribution of the assets pursuant to the sharing principle, it did not follow that the earning capacity should itself be treated as one of those assets, still less that an attempt should be made to capitalise it.”

WLR Daily, 31st January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Oil millionaire’s ex-wife wins £3m more in divorce settlement – The Independent

“An oil technology millionaire was ordered to increase his former wife’s divorce settlement from £5 million to £8 million today.”

Full story

The Independent, 28th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Family mediation – an alternative to courts – Ministry of Justice

“The first working day of the year is when lawyers, marriage counsellors and family mediators report the most enquiries from people intending to separate — which has sometimes led to it being coined ‘Divorce Day’ by the media.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 4th January 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

For richer, but not necessarily for poorer – pre-nups to become law – The Independent

“Spectacular divorce battles like that which ensued after the break-up of Sir Paul McCartney and the model Heather Mills, costing the former Beatle £24.3m, are expected to be consigned to history after the Law Commission produces its long-awaited report on ‘pre nup’ agreements next week.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Will mediation replace solicitors in divorce proceedings? – BBC News

“Divorce can be a highly complex issue and many people going through it feel legal representation is vital. Until now, legal aid has been available to fund it, but new legislation means it will no longer be available in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Father fights son over wife’s £5m divorce settlement – Daily Telegraph

“A father has gone to court claiming he deserves a greater share of his son’s £5 million inheritance left to him by his mother.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Granatino v Radmacher (formerly Granatino) – WLR Daily

Granatino v Radmacher (formerly Granatino) [2010] UKSC 42; [2010] WLR (D) 260

“A court should give effect to a nuptial agreement, whether entered into before or after marriage, that was freely entered into by each party with a full appreciation of its implications unless in the circumstances prevailing it would not be fair to hold the parties to the agreement.”

WLR Daily, 21st October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Improperly obtained documents in divorce proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

“In light of the Court of Appeal’s ­decision in Tchenguiz v Imerman; Imerman v Imerman [2010] EWCA Civ 908, all family lawyers are obliged to reconsider the advice given to clients in respect of ­improperly obtained documents.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Banker fails in challenge to prenuptial agreement with heiress – The Guardian

“Court rules for first time that prenups should have ‘decisive weight’ in English divorce courts after Nicolas Granatino challenged agreement with Katrin Radmacher.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prenuptial agreement enforced under UK law – The Guardian

“Prenuptial agreements have been recognised as enforceable under British divorce law for the first time, in a supreme court ruling today.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prenup agreements may become legally binding in England and Wales – The Guardian

“A landmark divorce case could today change the face of British divorce law, with prenuptial agreements finally considered to be legally-binding in England and Wales if the Supreme Court rules against the ex-husband of a German heiress.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers to be kept out of divorce battles – Daily Telegraph

“Lawyers will be kept out of thousands of family dispute cases every year in a shake-up of divorce laws.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comedian wins legal battle to joke about divorce – Daily Telegraph

“A stand-up comedian is finally allowed to joke about his ex-wife on stage after winning a bitter legal dispute in which she tried to gag him.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Children ‘used as ammunition’ in separations – The Guardian

“Parents who split up are damaging their children’s welfare by using them as ‘ammunition’ in the separation process, according to England’s most senior family court judge.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R v Geary – WLR Daily

R v Geary [2010] WLR (D) 228

“The offence under s 328(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement which a person knew or suspected facilitated the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property by or on behalf of another person, applied to property which was criminal at the time when the arrangement attached to it, and did not extend to property which was originally legitimate but became criminal only as a result of carrying out the arrangement.”

WLR Daily, 6th August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Imerman v Tchenguiz and others; Same v Imerman – WLR Daily

“There was no legal justification for permitting a spouse to retain copies of documents unlawfully obtained in breach of confidence in order to prevent the other spouse from concealing assets in ancillary relief proceedings. A spouse could apply for search and seizure, freezing, preservation and similar orders to ensure that assets were not wrongly concealed or dissipated.”
WLR Daily, 30th July 2010

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Covertly found assets no longer valid in divorce – The Guardian

“Separated couples will no longer be able to use secretly obtained documents to reveal their spouse’s hidden assets in divorce proceedings, the court of appeal has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Polo playing dotcom tycoon forced to pay wife £7 million in divorce settlement – Daily Telegraph

“A polo playing dotcom tycoon was ordered by a judge to pay his ex-wife half his £14 million fortune after being accused of ‘flagrant, persistent and consistent” attempts to hide his wealth.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-wife returns to court to ask for bigger divorce settlement – Daily Telegraph

“The ex-wife of a business tycoon has returned to the divorce courts to ask for a bigger slice of his fortune after he sold his business for £180 million.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Boris Berezovsky’s second wife wins record £100m divorce settlement – The Guardian

“He has survived several assassination attempts, false charges of fraud by the Russian authorities and won high-profile libel cases in London courtrooms. But the exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been unable to escape the wrath of his second wife, Galina. Today she won a divorce from the businessman in the high court, in a settlement that lawyers believe could be the biggest in British legal history.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prenuptial agreements on rise amongst younger men – The Guardian

“Prenuptial agreements are becoming the norm among a generation of financially secure men who are rejecting the more romantic notions of their fathers.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Goluboviv v Golubovic – WLR Daily

“Refusal to recognise a decree of divorce pronounced by a court in another jurisdiction within the Council of Europe, in the absence of a breach of natural justice, was a truly exceptional course.”
WLR Daily, 15th July 2010
Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Tycoon’s wife gives taxman secret files – The Sunday Times

“Michelle Young, 45, who is divorcing her husband Scot, is to give HM Revenue & Customs a computer disk containing hundreds of pages of emails and other documents outlining his dealings in property, shares and film companies over the past five years.”

Full story

The Sunday Times, 9th May 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Property tycoon in £400m divorce battle declared bankrupt – The Independent

“A tycoon fixer who is fighting a bitter divorce case from his estranged wife over claims that he has hidden his £400m fortune has been declared bankrupt by the taxman.”

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The Independent, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal first as girl, 5, consulted in ‘tug-of-love’ court case – Daily Telegraph

“A five-year-old girl involved in a ‘tug-of-love’ case has made legal history after being consulted by a court about which parent she wants to live with.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Agbaje v Agbaje – WLR Daily

Agbaje v Agbaje [2010] UKSC 13; [2010] WLR (D) 71

“An English court considering under Pt III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 whether it would be appropriate to make an order for financial relief on the application of a party to a foreign divorce was not required to apply a forum non conveniens test and decide which of two jurisdictions was the appropriate one. The whole basis of Pt III was that it might be appropriate for two jurisdictions to be involved, one for the divorce and the other for ancillary relief.”

WLR Daily, 10th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ruling confirms London as divorce payout capital – The Independent

“London’s reputation as the divorce payout capital of the world was reinforced by the Supreme Court today.”

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The Independent, 10th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Wealthy landowner jailed for life for murdering estranged wife – The Guardian

“A judge today criticised a wealthy landowner for not revealing where he had hidden the body of his estranged wife after he murdered her.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Is divorce law fair? – Daily Telegraph

“A multimillionaire faces Britain’s biggest divorce payout. Is Lisa Tchenguiz right to demand £100m of her husband’s wealth?”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fundamental review of the family justice system announced – Ministry of Justice

“An expert panel will examine reform of the current family justice system in England and Wales so that it better supports children and parents under a wide-ranging review announced by the Ministry of Justice today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 20th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Grandparents get easier route to see children when families split – The Guardian

“A legal obstacle is to be abolished to make it easier for hundreds of thousands of grandparents to gain access to their grandchildren when contact is denied after divorce and family breakdowns, the government will announce today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Leading lawyers call for quicker ‘no-fault’ divorces – The Independent

“Britain’s medieval fault-based divorce system must be reformed so that couples are free to end their marriage without having to blame each other for the break-up, an overwhelming majority of lawyers have told the Government.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Rise in divorce actions puts extra strain on children, solicitors warn – The Guardian

“The number of divorce and separation cases being fought in the courts that involve children has risen, with £151m of legal aid money being spent on litigation, according to figures released today.”

Full story

The Times, 9th November 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Collaborative law a success for divorcing couples, says judge – Law Society’s Gazette

“Collaborative law has proved a huge success for divorcing couples and could soon be extended into the commercial arena, one of the UK’s most senior judges said last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Former investment banker William Murphy wins bigger share of divorce payout – The Times

“A former investment banker has succeeded in winning a bigger divorce settlement after appealing against a ruling in which his wife was awarded 65 per cent of their joint assets.”

Full story

The Times, 19th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Divorce: the Government wants talk, talk before war, war – The Times

“Should divorcing couples be compelled to consider mediation before they can go to court?”

Full story

The Times, 15th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Stop giving ex-wives these undeserved millions, says Baroness Deech – The Times

“The divorce laws are unfair to men and multimillion-pound awards are degrading to women, an expert in family law believes.”

Full story

The Times, 14th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Divorcing couples must consider mediation, says Bridget Prentice – The Times

“Divorcing and separating couples would be compelled to consider mediation before going to court, under plans being drawn up by ministers.”

Full story

The Times, 14th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Separating couples may be forced into mediation under MoJ plan – Law Society’s Gazette

“Divorcing and separating couples could be compelled to consider mediation before going to court under plans being examined by the Ministry of Justice.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd September 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court orders Tchenguiz to return computer data – The Independent

“The multimillionaire businessman Vivian Imerman won a court order yesterday preventing his estranged wife’s brothers – property tycoons Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz – from using confidential information about his financial assets.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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