Divorce & Separation

7 May 2020

Ways of protecting family wealth on divorce

Whilst most weddings and plans to marry have been put on hold during the coronavirus crisis, couples are still giving thought to the future of their relationship and with it, what control they have over their financial arrangements if that relationship should end. In this blog, Abby Buckland explains some of the proactive steps parents can take to help preserve wealth intended for their blood family.

Abby Buckland

4 May 2020

Compensation claims on divorce - when the clocks can’t be turned back to recover loss of future earning potential

We recently acted for the successful wife in the case of RC v JC [2020] EWHC 466 (Fam), assisted by Alice Trotter.  The case has received a broad spectrum of media attention, and unsurprisingly so. Our client was successful in her claim for “compensation” for what Mr Justice Moor described as her “relationship generated disadvantage”. The principle of compensation  first appeared in the family courts in the 2006 judgment of Miller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane [2006] UKHL 24. Since then, there have been no reported cases where the principle has been argued successfully, until now. 

Stacey Nevin

28 April 2020

My financial circumstances have changed since COVID-19 – can I vary the spousal maintenance I pay?

If your income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you may not be able to pay the same amount of maintenance to your former partner. This could be short-term or you might be worried the situation could be more permanent. In this blog, we set out some key points to consider if you can no longer afford to pay the spousal maintenance you have been ordered to.

Cady Pearce

23 April 2020

Unprecedented times – but unprecedented enough to launch a Barder application?

In the first of our blogs in this series about Barder events and variation, we explained about the case of Barder and how, if you believe you may have suffered a “Barder” event, you might be able to ask the Court to re-open your case.  In this blog, we set out some examples of cases where the English courts have both allowed and refused Barder applications, although it is right to say that the overall number of successful Barder applications can be counted on one hand only and are extremely rare.

Jane Keir

20 April 2020

Moving abroad or returning home with children and the risks of child abduction during the coronavirus crisis

Despite the wonders of modern technology helping to keep people in touch during the coronavirus pandemic, many separated and divorced parents who live far from their children are finding life very difficult at the moment. In this blog, we look at some of these scenarios and the questions arising at this unprecedented time for separated parents who either wish to relocate or stop the other parent from relocating overseas (international relocation) or to another part of the UK (internal relocation).

Rachel Freeman

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