Jewellery and Marriage

Engagement rings are supposed to cost at least a months salary, so we are told. But what if the engagement is broken off before the wedding? Who does the ring belong to? The answer is to be found in s.3(2) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970 . This states that “the gift of Read More …

A Classic Example of How to Share Assets on Divorce

The recently reported case involving the divorce of Mr & Mrs Riding, handed down by Mr Justice Coleridge in the High Court on 5 April 2012, offers no groundbreaking law, but does provide an illustration of how straight forward analysis of cases involving wealthy (but not mega-wealthy) couples can be. Mr & Mrs Riding had Read More …

LvL – The Fashion Designer and Spouse Maintenance

The case of LvL, decided on15 August 2011but only recently reported, is an example of Judicial promotion of women’s rights, but serves to highlight the fact that this is not universally applied.  Mrs Justice Eleanor King heard an appeal from an order of District Judge Bowman at first instance.  The condensed facts were as follows: Read More …

Mortgage Interest and Income Support: the State Gets Tough.

The judgment in the case of Secretary of State for Work & Pensions v Neera Mohammad[2011] EWCA Civ 1358, handed down on 23 November, serves as a timely warning for divorcing spouses. The case involved a Wife who had secured, within divorce proceedings, the transfer of the family home into her sole name. There was Read More …

Kernott v Jones Part IV (the Final Chapter)

The long awaited Judgment of the Supreme court in the case of Kernott v Jones was published today (9 November) and is no doubt being pounced on by family lawyers the length and breadth of the country.  The facts are this (and I’ll try and be brief):  In 1985 Mr Kernott (K) and Ms Jones Read More …

The Lottery of Divorce (Part II)

Following on from my earlier blog, the judgment has now been released in the case of the Columbian couple who struck lucky (or S v AG (Financial Remedy: Lottery Prize) [2011] EWHC 2637 (Fam) as family lawyers playfully call it).  The judgment represented some judicial sleight of hand in relation to the definition of matrimonial Read More …

The Lottery of Divorce

A case reported in the newspapers (but not yet in the law reports) serves to highlight what a lottery some divorce financial cases can become.  The facts appear sketchy at present, and most sensible commentators will await the publication of the full judgment before passing much comment, but it does appear that a wife who Read More …

Collaborative law

When many people get divorced, instinct might lead them to fear for the future, think their spouse will be out to get them, and want to retreat into their corner before they come out fighting. The problems with this approach though are that it’s very expensive, takes far too long to resolve, the couple lose Read More …

CSA Tribunal Hearings

When a court makes directions, which usually involve one or both of the parties to an action having to do certain things by a certain time, such as file documents, the court will, at the same time, set the next hearing date. At least that usually happens within family proceedings. Not so apparently within CSA Read More …