The value of child maintenance

In my last blog I discussed the changes to the payment and collection of child maintenance.  In this blog I will highlight the new ways in which child maintenance will be assessed by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). Perhaps most…

By Slater Heelis

The Russian Wife who played Divorce Court Roulette & Won

Earlier this year Family High Court Judge Mrs Justice King awarded a former wife a whopping £53m, thought to be the largest award in contested proceedings in the UK, in the case of M v M and others [2013] EWCH…

By Slater Heelis

Avoiding Financial Disclosure on Divorce may be a False Economy

Nowadays, more than ever, we are contacted by new clients who have ‘done a deal’ with their estranged spouse, and require a family lawyer simply to draft up their divorce settlement.   This is often done to save paying a…

By Slater Heelis

Celebrity-Style ‘Quickie’ Divorce is a Myth

Law Society President Nicholas Fluck has been in the news recently on the subject of the so-called ‘quickie’ divorces apparently bestowed on the rich and famous.  I have to agree that the reports in the media can be more than…

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Women are happier after Divorce

I came across an interesting article today concerning the happiness of people who have been through divorce.  According to research carried out by Kingston University, published in the London School of Economic’s journal Economica, women fare better than men and are much…

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Don’t let legal costs lead to financial suicide

In June I blogged about the case of B v B [2013] EWCH 1232 (Fam) in which judgment Mr Justice Coleridge urged divorcing couples to take a more pragmatic approach to resolving their financial disputes, not least to avoid escalating…

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Home sweet home? Cohabitees still an underclass

In 2013, couples in the UK who live together without getting married or entering into a civil partnership still have very limited financial protection, in the event of a break-up.  Sadly, anyone who believes the law will look after them…

By Slater Heelis