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 …

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 …

William and Kate: An Announcement

In light of the announcement of the engagement of Prince William and the failure of recent Royal marriages the Queen no doubt took a keen interest in the recent case of Radmacher and Grantino. Radmacher reached all the way to the Supreme Court and went further than ever had been gone before in giving the Read More …