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News Category: Divorce, civil partnerships and separation

  • 13 June 2016

    Ex-wife receives £300,000 settlement 20 years after divorce

    Kathleen Wyatt, the ex-wife of Dale Vince, has succeeded in securing a lump sum payment of £300,000 almost 20 years after the couple divorced. Mr Vince is the founder of the wind-power firm, Ecotricity and he is reported to have a net worth of £107,000,000. Read more

  • 24 May 2016

    Can you keep your home after a divorce?

    A big concern for many divorcing couples is whether or not one of the parties is able to retain the family home after the financial aspects of the divorce have been dealt with. Read more

  • 26 January 2016

    Are you affected by the Form E divorce fault?

    Back in December 2015 it was announced that the Form E provided on the Ministry of Justice website between April 2014 and December 2015 contained a faulty calculation. This resulted in automatic fields within the form calculating the incorrect total for an individual's net assets, as it failed to deduct certain liabilities. Read more

  • 19 November 2015

    Divorce on the rise for over 60s

    According to recent figures published by the Office of National Statistics, divorce amongst couples aged 60 and over in England and Wales has risen considerably. Read more

  • 5 August 2015

    Recent attempts to appeal divorce consent orders.

    A consent order is the legal document recording the financial division upon, or following, divorce and must be adhered to by both parties. Consent orders are intended to be final and therefore successful appeals are rare. Read more

  • 20 July 2015

    Husband awarded £1.9m divorce settlement despite pre-nuptial agreement

    A high court judge has stated that if ever there were a paradigm example of a case which demonstrates the need for more certainty in the law of financial remedies and nuptial agreements, this is surely it. Read more

  • 20 May 2015

    Increase in “round table meetings” following divorce

    Steeles Law's family law team has reported a rise in the number of clients going through divorce wishing to take part in "round table meetings". Read more

  • 11 May 2015

    Court allows Consent Order to be varied

    Orders setting out financial settlements upon divorce are commonly referred to as Consent Orders and are intended to be final.  Occasionally, an event may occur shortly after the Consent Order is made but beyond the period normally allowed for an appeal, which undermines the whole basis upon which the order was made. Read more

  • 27 April 2015

    Campaign for “blame-free” divorce

    The current divorce law in England and Wales dates back to 1973. The system demands that in order for a party to bring a divorce, the only ground is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, which has to be based upon one of five facts. Unfortunately, unless a couple have been living apart for two years, one of them has to apportion some form of blame, adultery or unreasonable behaviour in order to divorce. Read more

  • 16 April 2015

    The Long-Term Costs of Divorce

    For divorcing couples, the cost is not just emotional, it can be a financial loss too. Read more