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High Court awards £453m in divorce proceedings – but finds no departure from equality

Fatimah Farag, assistant solicitor, looks at the recent decision of AAZ v BBZ and the Court’s approach to the parties’ huge levels of wealth.

AAZ v BBZ, C Ltd and P Ltd [2016] EWHC 3234 (Fam), a financial relief case heard by Haddon-Cave J in late November and early December 2016 with judgment released on 12 May 2017, sees the High Court make one of the largest awards in an English case. 

A Guide to the taxation of Spouses on Marriage, and on Separation and Divorce 2017/18

By David Hodson OBE 

Introduction 

1.1 Taxation of spouses

One definition of marriage is the coming together of a man and a woman as "one flesh".  For many years Parliament has recognised this special united relationship (and the family unit created as a result) by giving it favourable tax treatment.  During marriage, spouses should take maximum advantage of this special treatment to minimise the overall tax payable by them both.

iGuide: Where should I divorce?

On relationship breakdown there is potentially opportunity to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership in more than one country. This iGuide sets out some of the things that you should take into account when deciding where to divorce.

iGuide: Recognition of Foreign Divorce

If you were married outside of England and Wales it is important to know whether your marriage will be recognised here. This iGuide explains the requirements for a marriage to be recognised here.

iGuide: Divorce Procedure in England and Wales

Divorce is usually quite straight forward, particularly when both partners agree that the marriage is over. Here's our guide to the divorce process.

iGuide: Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

The procedure for the dissolution of Civil Partnerships is quite straightforward. Here is our iGuide to the process.

iGuide: Divorces Within Europe

Where you can potentially divorce in one or more European Country extreme caution is required. Our iGuide sets out a little more of the difficulties in this situation.

iGuide: Divorces Outside of Europe

This iGuide explains some of the issues where one or more countries (one being outside of Europe) can potentially deal with a divorce.

iGuide: The Court Procedure for Obtaining Financial Orders

The court process is designed to encourage parties to reach agreement with the assistance of the court. Our iGuide sets out in detail the court procedure for resolving financial matters.

iGuide: Enforcing Foreign Financial Orders in England

The enforcement of orders made abroad in England is a complex area. Here is our iGuide to the process.

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