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The Supreme Court says ‘No’ to a Second Bite of the Cherry; Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

The Supreme Court ruled today in the case of Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

Imagine you (as a husband or wife) have given a large proportion of your liquid capital to your ex-spouse upon divorce to buy a home mortgage free –they manage their money badly and then come back years later to ask you for an increase in spousal maintenance for the (same) housing needs.

Marital or relationship agreements: Liability of lawyers to the other party!

By David Hodson & Sarah Basso 

Maintenance for Mrs. Mills

On 6 June, five justices of the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge) heard the case of Mills v Mills. The Supreme Court has confirmed that the judgment will be delivered next Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

Background

Issues of Gender Discrimination in the context of international divorce

It can be exciting and romantic to move to a new country for your partner, but a loss of work opportunities and self-esteem can follow. Relationships can become strained and the inequality of your relationship can become even more apparent…

The Do's and Don’ts when relationships begin to strain abroad

DO’s

DO go and see a specialist international family lawyer in the country where you reside as soon as possible. The meeting is for information gathering and confidential. You will feel empowered by doing so.

When a Marital Contribution Becomes Special; The case of XW v XH [2017] EWFC 76

by Michael Allum and Rachel Roberts

Background

Over 10 days in June 2017 Mr Justice Baker heard an application made by the wife for a financial order.  Judgment was handed down to the parties six months later in December 2017, but was not made public until mid-June owing to reporting restrictions. 

When young love comes to an end; arranging the finances after a short marriage or civil partnership

Stuart Clark, associate solicitor at The International Family Law Group LLP, discusses practical points to consider when separating after a short marriage or civil partnership.

Partner Lucy Greenwood speaks at the World Bank in Washington to members of the FIGT Affiliate Group

Following on from her presentation at the Families In Global Transistion (FIGT) 20th Annual Conference in Amsterdam this Spring, Lucy Greenwood was delighted to be invited to speak to members of the newly relaunched Washington DC FIGT Affiliate Group at the World Bank in Washington DC on 4 June. The talk was partnered by World Bank Family Network.

Changes to Forms A and A1 from 4 June 2018

New Forms A and A1 were launched yesterday, 4 June 2018, to cater for the changes to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 introduced and in place also from yesterday pursuant to the Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018. All applications lodged at court from 4 June 2018 onwards must be on the new forms and the old forms will no longer be accepted.

Ensuring Just Outcomes in Marital Agreements

There are many potential benefits to pre-marital and post-marital agreements which are often referred to as pre-nups and post-nups. They can reduce uncertainty, promote autonomy and they can often successfully address the division of property and sometimes spousal maintenance in the event of marital break down. The question is, do these benefits sometimes come at the expense of justice?

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