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Supreme Court considers ‘forum shopping’ in divorce

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The Supreme Court has heard two days of evidence in an appeal concerning ‘forum shopping’ in divorce. The term ‘forum shopping’ refers to a common and much discussed practice in which one half of a multinational couple attempts to launch divorce proceedings in the jurisdiction with divorce legislation most favourable to them. In legal terminology, the Latin word ‘forum’ can mean both a specific court and a specific jurisdiction. Villiers v Villiers concerns a writ of divorce filed in 2014 by a husband in Scotland. He and his wife had lived in the country for the majority of the time…

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Nearly 30 per cent of retirees plan to shun families in their wills

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More than 28 per cent of retired people do not plan to leave their assets to immediate family members, according to a new survey. In the poll, by financial firm Responsible Life, respondents cited a number of reasons for not wanting to leave legacies to family members in their wills. These included a desire to reward supportive friends and neighbours and lingering estrangement from their relatives. Some said they preferred adult children to be self-reliant and they wanted their assets to help charities instead – with animal charities an especially popular choice. However, the firm noted a recent upsurge in…

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How to pay for a divorce lawyer if funds are low

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Legal representation can make all the difference during divorce – especially if the split has been an acrimonious one. A good solicitor can ensure you receive all the assets you deserve and need for your new life even if your soon-to-be-former spouse attempts to hide their assets or evade their responsibilities. But what if you don’t have much money to hand? How do you pay for a divorce solicitor? Sadly, legal aid for most aspects of divorce was abolished back in 2013. But don’t despair, there are other possibilities you may not have considered if it’s become clear you won’t…

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How to get divorced: a checklist

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Divorce is a difficult and inevitably emotional topic. Ending your marriage means major changes and a great deal of disruption, no matter how welcome the end of a painful relationship may be. Settling your finances, explaining the situation to your children or just deciding who gets to keep what…it can all seem very daunting. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a simple checklist to work with – a bullet point guide to the key stages. We hope the following proves useful. Have you been married for at least 12 months? If not, you will need to wait that long…

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