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Transparency: An open book?

David Wilkinson argues that the approach of Mostyn J to privacy in financial remedy proceedings in Xanthopoulos overlooks some of the key historical context The thrust of Mostyn J’s argument in Xanthopoulos was that sitting in chambers or in private (as the case may be) has never resulted, and was never intended to result, in …
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International focus: Keeping it in the family

Caroline McNally and Chantelle Woo set out grandparents’ rights with respect to children in Hong Kong At present, the law in Hong Kong does not provide for any third party, whether related to the child by blood or otherwise, to make an application to the court to be appointed as a child’s guardian on divorce …
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Maintenance: The road to independence

Deborah Jeff reflects on the approach to maintenance following the seminal decision of Mostyn J in B v S and how the principles in that case have subsequently been applied A spousal maintenance award is properly made where the evidence shows that choices made during the marriage have generated hard future needs on the part …
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Divorce: Opening the floodgates?

Nahanni Simcox considers no-fault divorce and whether the reforms might increase the attractiveness of England and Wales as a divorce jurisdiction It is imperative that parties with cross-jurisdictional assets and interests carefully consider the jurisdiction in which they issue divorce or dissolution proceedings. Following the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce on 6 April 2022, it will …
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Financial provision: An invisible cohort?

Farhana Shahzady asks whether family lawyers are failing women who are going through the menopause The worry is that the voice of some women is being lost and the level of hardship some women are being asked to endure due to menopause in later life is far from fair, when ironically fairness is the backdrop …
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Schedule 1: Setting boundaries

Matthew Hodgson and Edward Davison highlight a Sch 1 claim where the court considered the approach to indebtedness and provision to allow for future career development A claim for maintenance which is earmarked for a parent’s career development falls on the wrong side of the line between a claim which is for the benefit of …
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Liabilities: Minding your P v Q

David Wilkinson sets out the key principles to be applied in cases involving obligations owed by the parties and what may categorise a debt as hard or soft A hard obligation should appear on the judges’ computation table but where an obligation is in the category of a ‘soft’ obligation or loan, the judge may …
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Law reform: Lessons to be learnt

Beth Duffy outlines the provisions of the pilot for private children proceedings and the potential for improvements to the current process The pilot places a focus upon the consideration of alternative dispute resolution methods and makes specific reference to mediation as an opportunity for families to work in a positive and constructive way to resolve …
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Evidence: In all honesty

Holly Cook and Jacob Quested Khan consider protection from self-incrimination in private law children proceedings In all areas of law where the welfare and safety of a child is considered, the need to be honest with the court is an essential and key part of the long-established ‘working together’ principles. In F v M [2021], …
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Maintenance pending suit: One size does not fit all

Heather Lucy analyses the lessons that can be learnt from a judgment in an ultra-high-net-worth case as to interim applications more generally The preparation of a separate budget for an interim application adds an additional element of costs and can cause concern that the applicant is effectively benchmarking their needs, which can then impact on …
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