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Ending the 'meal ticket for life'?

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Teresa Cullen and Anna Wakeling explore proposals to reform financial provision on divorce, and the potential impact of such measures The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] 2017-19 (the Bill), a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Deech (a crossbench peer), received its first reading in the House of Lords on 3 July 2017, with a […]

Bahamas, boats and break-ups: mixing business with pleasure


Cohabiting couples were the fastest growing family type between 1996 – 2016 in the UK, more than doubling in numbers from 1.5 million families to 3.3 million families[1]. This trend shows little sign of abating. Yet contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a “common law marriage”. Despite more and more people […]

Child abduction or lawful removal?


The recent case of Re Alcott (1) [2016] EWHC 2413 (Fam) serves as a reminder of the need for careful consideration when relocating with children from one jurisdiction to another. Alcott v Ashworth Former BBC children’s presenter, Katy Ashworth, was accused by her former partner of abducting their toddler from Australia. Her former partner, a […]

Deception in divorce: non-disclosure of assets


Divorcing spouses in England and Wales have a legal duty to the court and to each other to provide full and frank disclosure of all capital assets, liabilities and income, not just in the UK but also on a worldwide basis. The duty is ongoing until the divorce is concluded, either by court order or […]