Financial remedies: A misspent youth?

Barbara Reeves reflects White v White, 21 years after this seminal judgment, and the development of the law since Financial outcomes for women on divorce tend to be worse than for men across the board and compensation might have been an ideal way to seek to remedy this position, but unfortunately, so far, it appears …
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Variation: Challenging odds

Daniel Sanders considers the courts’ approach to variation applications and the limited circumstances in which such an application is likely to succeed ‘A clear and highly compelling change in circumstances must have arisen in order to justify variation of the terms of the original maintenance order, whether as to quantum or term.’For many clients a …
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Financial Provision: Fair shares?

Michael Gouriet and Natalie O’Shea consider the validity of the compensation argument in financial remedy proceedings ‘Do family lawyers need to quantify a client’s potential claims on an “either/or” basis (loss-related and needs-related) so as to be prepared to run the case either way?’ The Court of Appeal judgment in H v H [2014] confirms …
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Periodical Payments: Defining need

Claire Reid considers the varying approach of the courts in assessing periodical payments ‘Charles J stated that the core principle was an application of needs, assessed by reference to the standard of living the parties had enjoyed during the marriage.’ While s3 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) grants the power to order …
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Financial Provision: Fair shares

In the conclusion to a two-part analysis Huw Miles looks at the courts’ approach to compensation ‘The court must take care not to create a set of rigid stepping stones or apply a formulaic approach that is not set out in the statute.’ Part one: ‘Love, honour and compensate’ In this article we will consider …
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Financial Provision: Love, honour and compensate

In the first of a two-part analysis Huw Miles looks at the courts’ approach to compensation If the other party, who has been the beneficiary of the choices made during the marriage, is a high earner with a substantial surplus over what is required to meet both parties needs, then a premium above needs can …
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