Information Zone - Finance
Tax Guide 2012
For families and couples including on separation and divorce
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The Cohabiting Family in 2011: English law post Jones v Kernott
The decision of the Supreme Court on 9 November 2011 in the case of Jones v Kernot has drawn attention yet again to the state of English law for those who cohabit instead of entering into marriage or civil partnership. It remains a precarious form of relationship because of the relatively high (and early) rate of breakdown in contrast to marriage, and because of the very unsatisfactory outcomes in law on the conclusion of a cohabitation relationship.
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Tax Guide 2011/2012
For families and couples including on separation and divorce
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Plugging the hole of nondisclosure
David Hodson writes a weekly opinion piece on international aspects for Jordans electronic newsletter circulated to thousands of family lawyers in England and abroad. This week he has drawn attention to the provision in the Dutch Civil Code which would give a significant disincentive to anyone attempting to hide assets. The opinion piece is attached
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Practical aspects of marital agreements with an international element
A symposium on international aspects of marital agreements was held this evening, organised by the London Metropolitan University’s Centre for Family Law and Practice in conjunction with 7 Bedford Row. The chair was Baroness Hale. Speakers and members of the panel included Mr Justice Mostyn, Jacky Julyan (also of the South African bar) and Maria Scotland of 7BR Chambers and representatives of the US firm, Miles and Stockbridge, along with David Hodson. He gave a paper on the practical aspects of marital agreements with an international dimension and spoke on how solicitors should deal with these cases and especially the very real problems when recommending a party not to sign. His paper is attached
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Warning of collaborative law scam
David Hodson writes a weekly opinion piece on international aspects for Jordans electronic newsletter circulated to thousands of family lawyers in England and abroad. This week he draws the attention of worldwide family law practitioners to a recent outbreak of a scam in the guise of a request to family lawyers to give assistance to a potential client in the context of concluded collaborative law agreement. The opinion piece is attached
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Seek help before you help yourself
A commentary by iFLG on the major case of Imerman in July 2010 by the Court of Appeal stopping the opportunity for use in evidence of documents obtained by self help concerning the assets of the other spouse.
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Agbaje financial provision after a foreign divorce
“Agbaje financial provision after a foreign divorce: The Supreme Court restores opportunity for international justice”, article published by David Hodson on family law week on the availability to seek financial provision in England even though the divorce may have been granted abroad.
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Court of Appeal decision of Radmacher - An article by David Hodson
David Hodson explains the recent important Court of Appeal decision of Radmacher, giving much greater importance under English law to pre-marriage and other domestic agreements including when it would have been binding on the couple in their own home countries
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Myerson - Don’t go there? Setting aside divorce settlements because of dramatic financial changes
This note considers the Court of Appeal judgment of Myerson concerning the prospects of setting aside a divorce settlement because of the dramatic change in the economy. Although the Court of Appeal gave a firm indication that such applications would be unlikely to succeed, nevertheless we consider that there are still good reasons to be cautiously optimistic in seeking to set aside a final family court order where there have been dramatic changes in the finances as a consequence of the recession.
This article by Punam Denley was published by Family Law Week in May 2009.
Download the file myerson2.pdf ()
Child maintenance and support
This is the iGuide on child maintenance and support.
Download the file CSA1.pdf ()
Financial provision: orders on divorce
This is the iGuide on financial provision: orders on divorce.
Download the file ADR_orders.pdf ()
Financial Provision: Court hearings
This is the iGuide on financial provision – court hearings
Download the file ADR_court_hearings.pdf ()
Financial provision: considerations for the court
This is the iGuide on financial provisions – considerations for the court.
Download the file ADR_considerations.pdf ()
Financial provision procedure flowchart
This is the iGuide on financial provision procedure (flowchart).
Download the file AR_procedure.pdf ()
This is the iGuide on marital agreements.
Download the file marital_agree1.pdf ()
“We simply cannot go on as we are. The expenditure of costs on the scale exemplified by this and by too many other such cases is a scandal which must somehow be brought under control.” This quote from the recent case of KSO v MJO  EWHC 3031 (Fam) has again sparked interest because of Munby J’s outspoken comments on the issue of disproportionate costs. This is an article written by Jamie Donaldson and David Hodson published in March 2009 Family Law Journal.
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Charman - Sharing in the face of the Dragon
Paper written by David Hodson on the impact and practical application of the Court of Appeal judgement in Charman. This article was published in Family Law Week
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The Family Home: what orders will the court make?
Notes of a seminar given by David Hodson, June 2007
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Capital Calculation Formula
This formula is based on the article “Financial provision: a formula will do nicely!” (see below). It is intended to produce a starting point for resolution and assist calculation of capital. Legal advice should always be taken.
New costs rules
Article in April 2006 Family Law magazine explaining the rules on costs in financial proceedings which changed significantly in April 2006, with an expectation that each party was responsible for their own costs but with implications for offers made including privileged offers and the treatmnet of outstanding costs.
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Making, drafting and breaking Financial Consent Orders
Lecture notes on the background to consent orders.
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What is fairness?
Pre White calls for reform, published as an editorial in March 1999 Family Law magazine.
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“Financial Provision? A formula will do nicely, Sir”
The article in January 2007 Family Law magazine for a formula as a starting point for consideration of capital division and spousal maintenance.
Download the file fin_provision_formula.pdf ()
What is Miller?
Lecture notes about this case, in 2006 and following on from the watershed case of White in 2001, which has dramatically set out the present law on financial outcome including introducing the three strands of the needs, compensation and sharing.
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Court procedure for resolving financial claims
The procedure for a financial claim on marriage breakdown through the courts including timetable, forms and what will happen at each hearing.
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Working out financial outcomes
How the law and lawyers go about working out the outcomes for fair financial settlements.
Download the file fin_outcomes.pdf ()
Summary of the law of financial settlements
An exceptionally brief summary of the law on financial settlements, which might be useful as a basic starting point for an understanding of the subject.
Download the file fin_out_sum.pdf ()
Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Calculation Formula
This formula is based on the article Financial provision: a formula will do nicely! It is intended to produce a starting point for resolution and assist calculation of spousal maintenance. Legal advice should always be taken.