Financial provision: Short but sweet

David Wilkinson looks at a decision of Mostyn J as to the approach to short marriages and the assertion that whether a marriage has produced children or not is immaterial as to the division of assets Mostyn J’s judgment is notable for its legal rather than zoological analysis of the ‘white leopard’, representing the rare …
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Non-matrimonial assets: To mingle or not to mingle?

Rebecca Viola summarises the approach taken to trust assets introduced into a marriage and the factors that will be taken into account by the court as to the nature of such assets Property or assets owned by a party which derive from a source outside the marriage will not per se be excluded from the …
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Special contributions: Consigned to history?

Lisa Churchill highlights how the approach to special contributions has changed over the years and how such contributions have been quantified by the courts The courts are seemingly now more cautious in departing from equality due to the special contribution of one party. Special contribution in a marriage has often been a difficult argument to …
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Conduct: Changing the blame game?

Rachel Freeman examines the impact of conduct within financial remedy proceedings and how revised costs provisions have added to the pressure to negotiate reasonably That a spouse’s bad behaviour will be disregarded in the financial settlement is already a bitter pill for some clients to swallow, yet now they are under more pressure to come …
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Financial provision: Few and far between

Andrew Smith argues that, despite appearances, compensation awards arising from a relationship-generated disadvantage are unlikely to be commonplace following RC v JC The wife’s health had a significant bearing on her earning capacity for the foreseeable future, to the extent that Moor J would not ascribe her an earning capacity. In RC v JC [2020], …
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Financial provision: Not-so-special

Catherine Doherty examines the approach to stellar contributions and whether such arguments are now largely obsolete ‘The Court of Appeal felt that it could only determine that there was not such a disparity in the parties’ respective contributions that it would be inequitable to disregard them when deciding what award to make.’ The decision of …
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Pensions: Lessons to be learnt

Andrew Smith highlights the first reported decision in which the Pension Advisory Group report has impacted on the approach of the court to pension assets ‘In the first reported case to feature specific reference to the PAG report, the judge drew heavily on the opinions within that report, stating that it should “be treated as …
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In practice: The winds of change

Suzanne Todd examines family law developments during the millennium so far and what the future holds ‘It is essential for family lawyers to have a bank of highly regarded therapists, counsellors and coaches to whom they can refer clients to ensure that they have the expert advice that they need.’ The 21st century has seen …
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Financial provision: Towards a clean break

Camilla Thornton considers the approach to earning capacity and the application of the sharing principle post-Waggott ‘The sharing of an income stream is unprincipled and periodical payments should only be ordered to meet needs and rarely compensation.’ O’Dwyer v O’Dwyer [2019] is the first reported case to specifically apply the principles laid out by the …
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Pensions: Equality or not?

James Copson looks at the recommendations in the Pension Advisory Group report and highlights the potential pitfalls when dealing with pension assets ‘It is much harder to achieve a fair outcome where there is a significant difference in the ages of the parties.’ An understanding of pensions is a must for every family lawyer working …
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