Tag: Divorce

5 essential legal tasks to carry out during a divorce

5 essential legal tasks to carry out during a divorce family law image - road to divorce, rural road with divorce written on it

Going through separation and divorce is always a difficult time, but there are some things you can do which might make the process smoother. Here are the five essential tasks you need to carry out when you decide on a divorce. The new no-fault divorce procedure removes the need to prove that the marriage has […]

Mediation Voucher Scheme extended to support more families

Mediation Voucher Scheme extended to support more families A man holds wooden blocks with the word Mediator, dispute, problem, conflict. Settlement of disputes by mediator. Dispute Resolution and Mediation. Third party, intermediary.

A new government mediation voucher scheme has been extended to help separating parents resolve disputes without taking them through the courts and is set to help many more families deal with the difficult issues that separation and divorce can create. Earlier in 2021, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched the mediation voucher scheme, which offers […]

Capitalisation of Child Maintenance

Capitalisation of Child Maintenance image of maintenance agreement

  Capitalisation of child maintenance payments does not happen very often; in fact it was described as ‘a rare bird’ in a recent case. The jurisdiction to make an order that capitalises and replaces future payments of periodical payments in favour of a child, called “commutation lump sum,” was recently confirmed by Mostyn J under […]

No Fault Divorce Bill receives Royal assent

No Fault Divorce Bill receives Royal assent illustration of no fault divorce bill

  When a marriage breaks down, the parties involved are often driven to blame each other for the breakdown of the relationship in order to achieve a divorce more quickly. It has also been assumed that blaming the other spouse may lead to a better financial settlement or a more favourable agreement over the children. […]

Musician’s future income declared exempt from Financial Remedy Agreement

Band royalties and future income of artists are not considered as part of a financial remedy order, according to a recent judgement. A recent case heard considered the case of a bass player in a well-known band, whose income from five separate royalty schemes had to be was assessed by experts. The royalties were from […]

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill reintroduced

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill reintroduced Divorce, Dissolution and Marriage Bill illustrated by signing papers

After the original Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was shelved during the proroguing of parliament and general election of 2019, it was reintroduced into parliament on 7 January 2020. The Bill, which has been designed to put an end to the ‘blame culture’ that surrounds divorce, was one of several to be shelved at the […]

Why Gillbanks Family Law are experts in divorce and separation advice

  Gillbanks Family Law have given us a small insight into the expert advice and guidance they provide for those going through the inevitably complex and sensitive process of divorce or separation “When a relationship breaks down one party might be ready to move on but the other party may still be struggling to come […]

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

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

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, and Anil Ipekci (the husband) met […]

Arbitration – a sensible choice for dispute resolution

Arbitration – a sensible choice for dispute resolution arbitration-agreement

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 […]

Sharing financial assets after separation and divorce

Sharing financial assets after separation and divorce sharing-financial-assets

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’  […]