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divorce

Make No Fault the Default

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This week we are highlighting the campaign for ‘no fault’ divorce following the publication of a new report on this issue by Professor Liz Trinder, Finding Fault. Avid followers of this campaign will recall our “No More Fault” blog in October 2016. Finding Fault was published by the Nuffield Foundation and launched in Parliament at the end of last month and presents research into the current state of divorce law in England and Wales. The research took place over two years and heard from over a thousand divorcees, as well as family lawyers and judges. It highlights the inherent problems…

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Longer Life, Smaller Pension?

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Every year, as part of its annual Women and Retirement Report, Scottish Widows conducts research to establish the specific challenges facing women as they prepare for retirement. This year’s 13th annual report confirms what we have already known for a long time, that women fall behind men in terms of adequate pension savings. They are more likely to miss out on automatic enrolment (AE) contributions paid by their employers because they typically earn less, and they will miss out on contributions if they take time out of work to look after children. However, it is the second finding that concerns…

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Out with the old and in with the new!

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This week we are taking a look at recent changes introduced by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (‘HMCTS’) to the application form (petition) for divorce, dissolution or judicial separation.  The new form was published on 7th August and will replace the old form for all new applications from 4th September 2017. Practitioners and the public do need to ensure the new form is used from 4th September or run the risk of their application being returned. So, what has changed in the form? In short, the new application form is far more user friendly and informative than the old…

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Equity vs equality – the sharing principle and fairness in short marriages

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This week we thought we’d look at the application of the ‘sharing principle’ following an interesting development in the law in the reported decision of Mr and Mrs Sharp. The case involves a couple in their mid-40s, worth around £6.9M. They did not have any children. The wealth was largely generated through substantial bonuses paid to the wife during the marriage. At the outset of their relationship the couple earned relatively similar amounts (c.£100k p.a.) and later, the wife received bonuses totalling c.£10.5M over the course of their 6 year marriage (including 18 months of pre-marital cohabitation). As is commonly…

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