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The New Age of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Sabina Ahmed
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It is fair to say that many divorces can be challenging and very often highlight one’s distrust for their former spouse.  This suspicion is only likely to be heightened by the increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies which, somewhat conveniently...

The perils of not documenting your agreement

Warren Nichols
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The case of Gillian Turner and Michael Durant has served as yet another reminder that non-married couples do not enjoy the same rights as married couples. The parties began a relationship in the 1980s. It came to an end in 2014. There was one child of the...

Young and unable to get onto the property ladder without financial assistance?

Warren Nichols
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You are not alone!  It has recently been reported that nearly half of all 18-35 years olds are relying on a partner to help them buy their first home, with men twice as likely as women to find that not being able to buy with someone else is a...

What happens when your name is not on the property deeds?

Warren Nichols
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The case of Ms Bouchiba and Mr Turner was widely reported in the press last week after a judge awarded Ms Bouchiba a 50% share of a property purchased in 2009 in Mr Turner’s sole...

A Bridge Too Far? Abramovich Divorce Imminent

Warren Nichols
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It has been announced this week that Roman Abramovich’s 10 year marriage to his wife, Dasha Zhukova, is over.  The couple have two children together, aged 7 and 4.  With Mr Abramovich’s estimated £7billion fortune, the award to...

What is mine is not half yours!

Warren Nichols
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Julie Sharp, a former city trader was married to her husband, an IT consultant, for 4 years. They set up home together in 2007 and separated in 2013. In 2015, a High Court judge handed Mr Sharp a £2.7m award which represented approximately 50% of the...

My financial contribution to the marriage has been exceptional...surely I deserve more?!

Warren Nichols
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There are certain factors which are taken into consideration by the Courts in determining the division of assets on divorce and whether or not there should be a departure from the principle of equality (i.e. the 50:50 starting point). Contribution is one...

Decision Update RE: Owens

Warren Nichols
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In our February post, we commented on the case of Tini Owens who had appealed a judge’s decision refusing her a divorce after her husband defended it. Mrs Owens had pleaded in her divorce petition that the marriage had broken down as a result of Mr...

Heterosexual civil partnerships not permitted... yet

Warren Nichols
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The case of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, a heterosexual couple from London who wanted to form a civil partnership, has been well publicised. The couple took legal action when they were denied their wish to enter into a civil partnership.  They...

Will the Court accept my reasons for divorce?

Warren Nichols
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Tini Owens married her husband, Hugh Owens, 39 years ago.  In her opinion, the marriage had broken down and she took steps to divorce him based on his alleged unreasonable behaviour. In England and Wales, there is only one ground for divorce, this...

The perils of failing to finalise your divorce settlement

Warren Nichols
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In the recent case of Briers v. Briers, we are reminded of the importance of documenting and finalising a financial settlement on divorce. By way of background, Mr and Mrs Briers married in 1984.  They had 3 children together.  In 1998, the...

Civil Partnerships for heterosexual couples?

Warren Nichols
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You may have recently read or heard in the news about Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, a heterosexual couple who took their legal battle to the High Court seeking the right to enter into a Civil Partnership. At the present time, Civil Partnerships in...

'Tis the season to be... Folly?

Warren Nichols
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It’s that time of year again: mince pies, mulled wine, nativities, gifts and … divorce. It is a sad reality that the number of marriages which end in divorce is increasing with statistics showing that couples are far more prone to relationship...

Two pints of lager and a decree nisi please

Warren Nichols
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Pop-up shops, pop-up bars, pop-up restaurants ... what’s next? Pop-up Courts apparently. England’s top family judge, Sir James Munby, has proposed a need to move away from the old imposing Courts of the past to newer, more modern and digitalised...

Caught Short: Panama Leak & Non-Disclosure

Warren Nichols
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It has been described as the world's greatest ever data leak. A leak that has sent disgruntled former spouses and their lawyers clambering back to Court to reopen deals that had been settled years earlier. I am, of course, talking about the "Panama...

Number of female newlyweds at an all-time low

Warren Nichols
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It was this week reported that the number of women choosing to walk down the aisle has fallen for the first time since 2009, although to the point where the rate of those now saying "I do" has dropped to an all-time low since records began in...

Formula For Divorce?

Warren Nichols
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The long-debated argument on whether the divorce process should be simplified has reared its head once more, this week as a result of comments made by ex-footballer and soccer pundit, Gary Lineker. It is entrenched in our matrimonial laws that the Courts of...

Quickie Divorce: Fad or Fantasy?

Warren Nichols
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For many people seeking divorce, speed will be an important factor, for varying reasons. We have seen references within the media in recent times to 'quickie divorces', particularly in the celebrity world, with reports of some celebrity couples...

15% Rise in Domestic Abuse Cases

Warren Nichols
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It has been revealed that domestic abuse cases have increased by 15% in the last twelve months to December. According to the Metropolitan Police, the number of reports rose from 61,471 in 2014 to 70,682 last year, an increase of over 9,000. With the...

Forewarned is Forearmed: Supreme Court allows appeal based on husbands' non-disclosure

Warren Nichols
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We reported in May that proceedings had been issued by two wives looking to vary financial Orders made in the course of their divorce proceedings in 2002 and 2010 respectively based on their husbands’ alleged failure to provide full and frank financial...

The Price of Divorce

Warren Nichols
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The cost of divorce has hit the headlines again with the Courts keen to remind us of the “overriding objective” as set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010. The rules are in place to govern the manner in which family litigation is undertaken...

Italian Divorce Stampede

Warren Nichols
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It would appear that stereotypical Italian family values have taken a knock following the introduction of a new law that has resulted in a surge of divorces amongst the over-65s. It is thought that as many as 25,000 elderly Italians will request a divorce...

'Life is Short'... Get a Post-Nup?

Warren Nichols
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It has been reported that the Ashley Madison hackers have now published 10gb of data on the “dark web” affecting up to 37million worldwide users of the adultery-promoting website.  The potential fall-out could be far-reaching for thousands...

Unreasonable Behaviour??

Warren Nichols
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The terms of any unreasonable behaviour-based petition filed in England & Wales need to be sufficiently serious to warrant the dissolution of the marriage or civil partnership, however, it seems that such behaviour may not be so stringently defined in...

"Pet-Nups" for pups on the up

Warren Nichols
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It has been reported this week that the demand for so called “pet-nups” is on the rise and not just in celebrity circles. One charity has recently introduced an actual pet-nup scheme to safeguard the interests of hundreds of pets that are given...

Divorce: Moi? Kermit & Miss Piggy Announce Split

Warren Nichols
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After nearly 40 on/off years together, the most famous stars of the Muppets have announced that their often turbulent relationship is over ... this time for good. In a recent interview, Kermit commented: “ it’s an interesting thing that happens...

Divorce Court Fees on the Rise

Warren Nichols
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The Courts Minister, Shailesh Vara, has announced a rise in the cost of issuing divorce proceedings in England and Wales, only a couple of years on from the previous overhaul. From later this year, the Court fee payable by a Petitioner to begin the divorce...

Husband ordered to pay wife 100% of the marital assets

Warren Nichols
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The Court of Appeal has this week upheld an order requiring an absent father/husband to transfer his entire asset base to his wife. The husband failed in an attempt to overturn the ‘100 per cent’ ruling on appeal after the court was told how...

Father praised by Judge for commitment to his children

Warren Nichols
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A devoted father has been commended for his dedication to his children against the backdrop of scathing allegations from his ex-partner. The Court heard how the father in question flew from Sweden to Britain 37 times in one year to see his children after...

Couple slammed by judge over disproportionate divorce costs

Warren Nichols
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A Court has criticised a couple for waging a vicious and protracted divorce battle to the detriment of their children. The wife, who is looking after the parties’ two young children in the couple’s former matrimonial home worth an estimated...

Applications to "boost" divorce settlements double

Warren Nichols
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New data released this week indicates that the number of individuals applying to the family courts to improve their divorce settlements doubled in 2014. Figures show that only 3,620 financial claims were brought outside of the divorce process (i.e. after...

Courts issue surrogacy warning

Warren Nichols
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A High Court judge has warned that the failure by parents to register children born through surrogacy arrangements has created “a ticking legal time bomb”. There are up to 2,000 babies born each year to British or overseas surrogates in the UK...

The Need to Provide Full and Frank Disclosure

Warren Nichols
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Two wives have recently commenced applications in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn their “financial remedy” Orders following alleged non-disclosure of assets by their husbands in the course of divorce proceedings. The cases highlight the...

Divorce battle likened to 'boxing match' by High Court judge

Warren Nichols
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A High Court judge warned a couple that their recently resolved but acrimonious divorce battle was comparable to a “boxing match” and that the divorce courts are an “awful” place to end up. The parties to the case in question face a...

Jail threat for non-compliant Mothers

Warren Nichols
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A senior family court judge has recently warned mothers that should they unreasonably refuse to let separated fathers see their children (and in doing so flagrantly disregard court orders), they could face jail. Mr Justice Coleridge has proposed a...