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supreme court | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Maintenance matters

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This week, we thought we’d focus on a difference of opinion on a matter of family law that has come to light between a couple of our elder statespeople in family law. On one side, we have Baroness Deech, a former barrister and crossbench peer in the House of Lords who led the second reading of her new Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill at the end of January this year, and on the other we have Lord Wilson of Culworth, a Justice of the Supreme Court and author of some of the most notable legal decisions in family law over the…

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Supreme Dishonesty

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The Supreme Court, in its role as arbiter of the most taxing legal questions of our time, is only rarely troubled by the subject of divorce. This is because of the wide discretion that family courts have when making decisions about the allocation of wealth when a marriage breaks down, and the clear necessity of tailoring each individual court order to the particular family and its circumstances. No two families are alike, which means that it is difficult successfully to appeal a family court judgment, unless it is very clear that the judge has made a mistake in fact or…

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Rogues’ gallery?

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This week the Supreme Court has been getting its teeth into some family law. Seven judges have spent the last few days hearing the appeals in the cases of Sharland v Sharland and Gohil v Gohil. Both cases feature issues which arise from non-disclosure of financial information in divorce and financial remedy cases. The appeals have been heard by Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson, Lord Sumption, Lord Reed and Lord Hodge. Not all are family law specialists, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with these two cases, which have been joined together for…

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