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No weight given’ to pre-nuptial agreement in divorce of cosmetics heiress

A recent decision by Mr Justice Mostyn ignored a pre-nuptial agreement between the parties and gave a financial remedies award in favour of a husband despite a pre-existing pre-nuptial agreement. 

In the case of Ipecki -v- McConnell, Morgan McConnell (the wife), was great-granddaughter of the founder of Avon Products,

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Arbitration – a sensible choice for dispute resolution

A recent ruling has demonstrated that in family proceedings, arbitration awards or orders will now be recognised and enforced by the courts, cementing the useful role that arbitration can have.

Arbitration in family proceedings has been used for seven years in relation to financial matters. It is a quicker and less stressful alternative to full blown court proceedings,

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Sharing financial assets after separation and divorce

There are a number of big decisions that need to be made when you are separating from a partner or spouse; if you are married, you will need to work out what your financial assets after separation are, and make sure that they are equally and fairly divided.

How to calculate the ‘financial asset pot’ 

Some assets that will need to be taken into account when calculating the financial asset pot,

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Divorce reform should be pushed through – for the sake of the children

A recent poll carried out by YouGov has highlighted the fact that people are keen for divorce reforms to be implemented, to reduce the impact that divorce under the current rules can have on many people, especially children.

Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals who believe in a constructive,

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Separating when you have children –

The end of a relationship can be a difficult time for everybody involved, and that includes the children of the family. However, it’s much easier to make arrangements amicably between both parents than it is to apply to the court for a child arrangement order.

Unfortunately, it’s a common problem that when parents separate,

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Parliament looking into no fault divorce laws

Divorce law came a step closer to its first reform in fifty years last month, after draft legislation was published asking Parliament to consider the idea of ‘no-fault divorce’

Experts realised that the current laws about divorce can lead to extra conflict and make break ups more painful than they need to be,

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Supreme Court decision on payment of extra rental costs

The Supreme Court recently heard an appeal against an order made in the Court of Appeal, which had increased the amount of money paid as periodical payments to his ex-partner. 

The case, Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38  involved a couple who had divorced in 2002 following a 15 -year marriage.

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Court of Appeal ruling may impact maintenance agreements

A recent high-profile divorce ruling may have far reaching implications for future payments under maintenance agreements in divorce proceedings.

Waggott -vs Waggott, which has been called the ‘meal ticket for life’ case, reached the Court of Appeal recently, where it was decided that the annual maintenance payments Kim Waggott had been awarded for life from her husband should in fact end after three years.

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Grounds for divorce

If you want to get divorced, legally you need to come up with a reason – this is called your ‘grounds’ for divorce. It’s important to think carefully about which reason applies to you and your partner before you start proceedings or talk to a family law solicitor who can give you advice if you’re not sure.

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