skype

Skype the answer to modern day court user needs

In his retirement speech at the Royal Courts of Justice, outgoing President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby suggested that members of the public should be asked if they want to go to a physical court building or simply talk to the judge via Skype “…from their kitchen…”. Sir James Munby went on to state that “…anyone who thinks …

petition

Tini Owens loses divorce petition fight at Supreme Court

Tini Owens has lost a Supreme Court appeal to be granted a divorce because she said her marriage was unhappy. In May 2015 Mrs Owens issued a divorce petition which has been the subject of a great number of court hearings, concluding in the Supreme Court proceedings. Mrs Owens’ petition was based upon section 1(2)(b) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, in which …

deceit

Cohabitee deceived into spending divorce settlement secures damages

In December 2010, a divorce was finalised in relation to Sacher Barker’s marriage, with Ms Barker having secured a financial settlement of £550,000. In 2011, Ms Barker met Richard Winter. Ms Barker claimed that Mr Winter represented to her that he was very wealthy, separated from his wife and in the process of obtaining a divorce himself. Ms Barker said …

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Attempts to vary spousal maintenance fail at the Supreme Court

In a pronouncement described by some as ending the “meal ticket for life”, the Supreme Court has ruled that a divorced husband should not have to increase his spousal maintenance payments to his former wife, after she mismanaged her finances post-divorce settlement, rejecting the wife’s application to vary the previously agreed arrangement. The Supreme Court heard that after the parties’ …

dispute

Dispute over forum considered by Court of Appeal

Highlighting once again the importance of the jurisdictional forum of divorce proceedings, the courts have recently considered the matter of Mr and Mrs Thum and their jurisdictional dispute.   Catja Thum, won the race to lodge her divorce petition in England, before her financier husband, Oliver Thum, did the same in Germany, after she found out that Mr Thum had taken …

civil

Marriage and civil partnerships soon open to all?

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that restricting civil partnerships exclusively to same-sex couples is discriminatory, putting the government under significant pressure to allow heterosexual couples to enter into the same unions. The court found unanimously in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, confirming that their human rights had been breached in not being able to enter into a civil …