With online divorces now possible, this means an application can be lodged at court at any time and, according to official figures, the divorce rate peaked with 455 people applying for a divorce over the Christmas and New Year period, including 13 filed on Christmas Day itself.
The Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment on Wednesday in the case of Prest v Petrodel, when it overturned the (majority) judgement of the Court of Appeal, which had been in favour of the husband and his companies – but on a basis not previously argued in the case. The key issue in Prest … Continued
Cohabitees beware! In a recently reported case, a cohabitee and his partner agreed to buy a property in their joint names. In the event, it was only bought in the partner’s name (as the cohabitee was advised that a joint ownership mortgage could not be obtained). No specific agreement had been reached on what share … Continued
As the Spring Bank Holiday and summer holidays approach, it’s worth remembering that paying child maintenance – especially child support – does not change simply because the payer takes the children away on holiday. Child maintenance or child support is treated by the courts as an annual payment towards the income needs of the recipient. It … Continued
It may come as a shock but, from 1 April 2013, Public Funding (also known as Legal Aid) will not be available to many previously eligible people in relation to family law matters, and they will be replaced by fixed fee legal services. Domestic violence The current economic climate has meant that the Ministry of … Continued