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non-disclosure | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Costing the earth

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When you’ve got a disagreement with your former partner, the general rule about the costs of sorting it out is that each of you pays for yourself. This is the case whether you’re trying to resolve things through solicitors, through mediation, through collaborative practice or by using the courts, and whether the issues are about the children or about money and property. This can feel unfair, as it can mean that the party with the higher income or more assets is the one with the better access to advice. Legal aid used to be available to those on low incomes…

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No discrimination in non-disclosure

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This week, there’s been another interesting case in the courts about non-disclosure. By this we mean what happens when, after a divorce has occurred and a final financial settlement has been achieved, one person finds evidence to suggest that the other has hidden assets. There are two interesting twists to this particular story: one is that the former couple involved were both women, and had a civil partnership rather than a marriage (that option not being available to them at the relevant time); and the other is that the woman – Carol – who has been alleged to have hidden…

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Changing circumstances

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Usually when a former couple is going through financial negotiations or litigation after divorce, the finishing post is the sealing by the court of the order setting out their financial arrangements. Once the ink on the court stamp is dry, all that normally follows is to put its terms into effect, and the family can move on from the stress of sorting out their financial arrangements towards a more certain future. However there are limited circumstances in which it is possible to undo the sealed order, and ask the court to consider matters again. We are not talking about appeals…

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