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The Joy of Cars

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The latest big-money case to be reported in the press hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago. It had the unusual feature of a classic car collection at its centre, worth (apparently) in excess of £20m. We thought we would get under the bonnet of the case and investigate it a little further. In brief, the couple were married for five years and have three children. During their marriage they lived on the Caribbean island of Bequia and in a château in the south of France. The judgment is a lengthy one, but you can read it here. The…

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Sacrificial altars and schedule 1

By | Children, financial | No Comments

Following on from last week’s slightly technical pensions blog, and the previous week’s technical explanation of the niceties of a Supreme Court judgment, we are once again bringing you a slightly technical blog. This one arises from an interesting case about how to fund litigation concerning children. As concerns about how to finance legal disputes are usually uppermost in the minds of people going through separation, we thought this was one worth flagging up. It is a decision of one of our more high profile and flamboyant judges, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, who has a way with words, and concerns an…

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Proceedings, papers and profligacy

By | divorce, financial, Living together/cohabitation | No Comments

It is hardly headline-grabbing news to say that the family court is under immense pressure at the moment. There are increasing numbers of litigants in person having to manage complex and emotionally draining disputes in the courts without the benefit of legal advice or representation, due to the removal of legal aid for all but a few family cases. Judges are finding themselves having to help litigants in person by spending greater time explaining the procedures, decisions and implications. Additionally, court budgets have been cut and there are fewer full-time specialist judges. So cases are taking longer, and court time…

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The costs of being unreasonable

By | Children, the family courts | 5 Comments

As many people know, if you go to court about something like non-payment of an invoice or a breach of contract, there is a general principle that the loser in the case has to pay the winner’s costs. This is meant to stop people from making silly claims and to pay back the money that the successful party spent on fighting the case. However in most family cases (divorce, dissolution, financial remedy and children proceedings) the “loser pays” rule does not apply. Usually, both sides in a family case have to pay their own costs. The family courts will make…

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