Tax traps for separating couples

The government announced in its Autumn Finance Statement in 2013 that there will be a change in the rules on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) which could be a tax trap for divorcing couples. Currently the person who moves out of

Pensions and Divorce – an untapped resource?

A recent study published by Cardiff University and the Nuffield Foundation has revealed that the number of divorce settlements involving pension orders is surprisingly low and well below Government predictions. There are currently three ways to divide pensions between spouses

Young v Young : “Seconds Out, Final Round”!!

On 4th November the final hearing commenced in Michelle Young’s financial claim against former husband, Scot Young.  After his spell as an inmate at Pentonville Prison earlier this year, Mr Young made it clear his imprisonment had been “a black

The new “Child Maintenance Service” (formerly known as the CSA). How different is the new scheme?

In the summer of 2013 the government announced that the number of parents paying maintenance for their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) had hit a record high. Since then the new “regime” for calculating child maintenance has come

“Sorry darling, the business is bust”. How businesses should be dealt with on divorce in the current economic climate.

As family lawyers we frequently question and assess business interests.  Whether you deal with multinational companies or small self-employed sole traders it is important that we are all able to work in our client’s interests.  In this article I consider

A Further Call for a Tougher Stance in Enforcement of Contact Orders

A (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1104 This case concerned a lamentably long-running history of litigation between two parents.  By the time the Court of Appeal considered the case, the child (M) was 13 years old. In his judgment in

Shared parenting

On 2nd July 2013 the Children and Families Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords.  It contains two amendments to primary legislation within the field of private children law. One of the amends is to abolish contact

Divorce – looking back to 1912

Our legal system is constantly under review – new case law, revised statue and amended procedural rules transform our work year by year. However, if we cast our eyes back 100 years how much has really changed? Divorce was introduced

Much ado about nothing?

LAWRENCE V GALLAGHER [2012] 1 FCR 557 The case of Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] 1 FCR 557 is the first substantial appeal concerning the financial orders made following the dissolution of a civil partnership. Mr Lawrence was appealing Lady Justice

The stats

The number of cohabiting couples in the UK has risen by 22 per cent in the last ten years, according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In 2010 the ONS predicted that the number of cohabiting