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International divorce used to be the preserve of the super-devious and/or super-rich. Nowadays, it is commonplace.
07 November 2018
When Mrs Owens issued her divorce petition in May 2015 it’s doubtful that she thought she’d still be married three years later let alone see her case go to the Supreme Court and be the catalyst for the most significant changes to divorce law in almost 50 years.
07 November 2018
Today, Nigel Shepherd and Nicola Rowlings of Mills & Reeve are representing Resolution, the largest family justice organisation, on a pro bono basis at the Supreme Court hearing of Owens v Owens (Resolution intervening).
17 May 2018
We all know that divorce is sadly part of modern life. Although the overall trend recently has been a reduction since a high in 2003/4, just over 40% of marriages still break down. This can have far-reaching financial consequences for couples, in particular when it comes to pensions.
15 November 2017
The highly anticipated Quan v Bray judgment has been handed down by the Court of Appeal. While not fundamentally altering the position in relation to the nuptiality of trusts, the judgment does provide some guidance on this complex area of law.
18 August 2017
Protecting the interests we have in our home is always sensible but, if you are going through divorce proceedings, it is particularly important to protect any rights you may have. In this article, we summarise why, how and when you should register a “Home Right” where your spouse is the sole legal owner of your matrimonial home.
28 February 2017
There are many different considerations when giving to charity: do you have a connection to a particular cause or organisation? What is your level of engagement: a one-off legacy or a “hands on” approach? Do you want to engage the next generation? We use a case study to guide you through some of the practical issues to consider before making a donation.
24 November 2016
Not so long ago, after a divorce, the higher-earning spouse would have to pay the lower earner maintenance for life. However, in the words of Bob Dylan, the times, they are a-changing in the family courts and we look at how.
24 November 2016
The recent Court of Appeal judgment in Burns v Burns is the latest on capacity to make a will. It is a salutary reminder of the importance of the “golden rule” of obtaining medical evidence when taking instructions for a new will from an elderly testator if disputes are to be avoided; and shows that someone with a poor, failing memory can nevertheless make a valid will.
24 November 2016
A summary of 2015’s key developments in private family law.
16 December 2015
We offer some insight into the implications of the cases.
19 October 2015
Proposed changes to the inheritance tax treatment of trusts are likely to be included in the Finance Act 2015. We use case studies to set out how the new rules might apply.
25 November 2014
With a dramatic rise in cases against exectuors in the past year, what's the best practice to make sure you avoid a claim?
25 November 2014
Divorces are difficult at the best of times, but add a family trust into the mix and it becomes even more fraught. What are the pitfalls you should be aware of?
25 November 2014
Family disputes can be costly, both financially and emotionally. Could mediation be a better route to resolution?
25 November 2014
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