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finance on divorce | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Dishonesty – should an agreement stand?

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Honesty, both before the courts, and within family law generally, is the bedrock on which justice is built. A good family lawyer will stress to their clients the requirement for absolute transparency in financial disclosure and that dishonesty within evidence put before the court can amount to contempt of court. In financial proceedings after divorce or dissolution, if one person is found to have deliberately misled the court, then aside from the issue of contempt, an order or agreement approved by the court has the potential to be set aside on the basis of fraud or misrepresentation. With that in…

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A new proposal for finance on divorce

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This week a private member’s bill, introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Deech in February 2014, will receive its second reading. The Bill is known as the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill and is the Baroness’ attempt to update the law of financial provision following divorce and dissolution. Baroness Ruth Deech is a cross bench life peer in the House of Lords, a leading academic, former chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and current chair of the Bar Standards Board. She is a vocal critic of the present law affecting families and its failure to keep up…

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Arbitration approved

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Somebody famous once sang “love is the answer”. In fact, we are sure several people have. However when it isn’t the answer, then, as our regular readers will know, we feel that litigation should be a process of last resort wherever possible. We are firm believers in assisting our clients to explore all alternatives to court. We understand the benefits to families of mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. So, we were delighted that the President of the Family Division of the High Court has given a big thumbs up to binding family arbitration. Last week he took the opportunity of…

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What to expect from an FDA

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This is the second in our series of blogs about the procedural aspects of sorting out finances on dissolution or divorce. We wrote previously about the exercise of getting together financial disclosure, and now we are going to take a look at the next stage in the process – the run-up to, and attendance at, the first directions appointment at court in your case. Once the dreaded Forms E have been completed and stated to be true, they are exchanged for a copy of the Form E of your spouse or civil partner. This happens simultaneously, so that one party…

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