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Academic review of divorce law urges change to a no fault procedure

Interim findings from research exploring how the current divorce law works in practice have been published this month, with final findings anticipated later in the year. The researching is conducted by Exeter University’s Prof Liz Trinder and follows the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182, highlighting the need for major reform of  the law and process …

Sale of your home with a non-compliant ex-spouse

Philip Hunter has recently been assisting a client with the enforcement of a final financial order, in which the client’s ex-spouse refused to comply with the terms of the order and engage with the sale of the former family home. Philip has detailed the issues that clients may need to consider in such circumstances. If your ex-spouse is refusing to co-operate with …

The Official Solicitor – who are they and how can they help?

The Office of the Official Solicitor, part of the Ministry of Justice, acts for individuals who, ordinarily due to a lack of capacity or ability to manage their own legal affairs, are unable to represent themselves and no other suitable individual is able or willing to act. The Official Solicitor acts: as a last resort litigation friend and in some …

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Statistics – the changing face of family law

This week has seen a major release of reports and statistics, showing the ever changing face of family life and family law in England and Wales. Firstly, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) published their latest numbers for marriage statistics in 2014, the latest year such data is available for. The stats show that, as of 2014, marriages were on the …

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Special contributions made to the Laura Ashley fortune

Pauline Chai, the former Miss Malaysia 1969 winner, is pursuing a half share of the family assets in the High Court, following the breakdown of her marriage to Dr Khoo Kay Peng, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings. The mother of five has rejected the proposal made by Dr Peng of a £9 million settlement, based on his special contributions …

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Refusal of a divorce – Tini Owens

The Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal by Tini Owens against an earlier court refusal to grant her a divorce from her husband, on the basis that the marriage had irretrievably broken down due to her husband’s unreasonable behaviour. Mr and Mrs Owens have been married for 39 years. Mr Owens denies that the marriage has broken down and is happy for …