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Divorce award lost on legal fees due to irresponsible conduct

Divorce award lost on legal fees due to irresponsible conduct

The High Court divorce case of MB v EB highlights the importance of timely and informed negotiating in financial remedies cases. The case involved a very wealthy wife, a struggling artist,... Read more

Why is 6th January 2020 referred to as Divorce Day?

By Lenore Rice The first Monday of January has for some years now been referred to widely in the media as Divorce Day because family law solicitors and mediators throughout Northern... Read more

Farming Estate Planning - replacing promises with written agreements

By Lenore Rice Approximately 70 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland do not have a Will, with many trusting that the rules of intestacy will result in their assets eventually... Read more

Why divorce enquiries to family law solicitors increase in August

By Lenore Rice Family law solicitors in Northern Ireland experience a significant increase in divorce enquiries towards the end of August every year. Not unlike the start of the year, when the... Read more

Divorce case highlights complexity of dealing with maintenance and assets split

ByLenore Rice A recent financial remedy application that came before the Family Court highlights the difficulties of separating out complex assets following divorce, identifying the difference between needs and standard of... Read more

Safeguarding your Will against challenge

By Lenore Rice According to a recent survey conducted by a prominent life insurance company, 24% of residents in the UK would be prepared to contest the Will of a loved... Read more

No-fault divorce option takes another step forward

By Lenore Rice Last month, Lord Chancellor David Gauke introduced the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill to the House of Commons, and last week the Bill reached the committee stage. The... Read more

High Court rules to allow trust to treat illegitimate child as beneficiary

By Lenore Rice The trustees of a discretionary settlement worth £80m have received permission from the High Court to treat one of the settlor’s descendants as a beneficiary, despite being born... Read more

Wills Legal Guide - Part 4

By Lenore Rice At Wilson Nesbitt we wholly understand that writing a Will is a difficult thing to even think about, as we are very aware that nobody really wants to... Read more

Inheritance dispute relies on Court to decide order elderly couple passed away

By Lenore Rice The estate of an elderly couple who were both discovered having passed away in their homes is being disputed by their stepdaughters. The dispute, currently being heard in... Read more

Wills Legal Guide - Part 3

By Lenore Rice In the second part of our Wills Legal Guide, we looked at the initial steps involved in writing a Will, such as listing your beneficiaries and estimating the... Read more

Advice on Contesting a Will

By Lenore Rice How to contest a Will We are largely able to pass on our estate in a Will as we please, but there are circumstances where certain people will have... Read more

Wills Legal Guide - Part 2

By Lenore Rice In the first section of our Wills Legal Guide, we explored the various reasons for writing a Will, including what happens to your assets and to your beneficiaries... Read more

The Myth of Cohabitation and How it Affects Wills

By Lenore Rice One of the reasons that people so often put off writing a Will is that they assume that their assets will pass to their ‘common law’ partner. This... Read more

Wills Legal Guide - Part 1

By Lenore Rice Why make a Will? Writing a Will can give peace of mind to you and those closest to you if the unthinkable should happen. While no one wants to... Read more

How a Will protects your beneficiaries

By Lenore Rice Why write a Will? Sometimes one of the reasons that people don’t have a formal Will is that they believe that the matter of inheritance will simply work itself... Read more

Amazon founder set for largest divorce settlement in history

High profile divorce settlements are nothing new, especially in the realm on the ‘celebrity divorce’, but the record is about to increase substantially. Jeff Bezos, founder of online shopping giant Amazon,... Read more

Divorce Legal Guide - Part 3

By Lenore Rice In the second part of our Divorce Legal Guide, we looked at how to begin a formal divorce process, from the presentation of evidence to the lodging of... Read more

Divorce Legal Guide - Part 2

By Lenore Rice In the first part of our Divorce Legal Guide, we looked at an introduction to the divorce process and how it works, as well as exploring some useful... Read more

Dividing digital assets in divorce proceedings

By Lenore Rice The division of marital assets is one of the main elements of divorce proceedings, as both parties endeavour to separate their inevitably entwined lives and prepare for the... Read more

How to avoid court in divorce proceedings

By Lenore Rice A common belief is that animosity is unavoidable in divorce proceedings, but that simply isn't true. While a divorce is obviously a difficult situation, the ultimate goal of divorce proceedings is... Read more

PSNI gearing up for summer drink driving crackdown

By Gary Adair The Police Service of Northern Ireland have released new figures indicating that over 1,400 motorists have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving so far in 2019.... Read more

Private pension wealth most significant asset in high-net-worth divorces

By Lenore Rice New research into the breakdown of assets of divorcing couples with net financial wealth of £1million or more has revealed that private pensions make up 43 per cent... Read more

Divorce reform in England and Wales to lose need for blame and consent

By Lenore Rice Divorce law in England and Wales will undergo its most significant reform in 50 years with the removal of the need to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour to... Read more

The potential implications of a divorce on a family-run business

By Lenore Rice The goal for any divorce is to find a way to disentangle two lives that had grown increasingly more intertwined with each year of marriage. That includes a... Read more

Some tips on making divorce proceedings more amicable

By Lenore Rice While news articles on divorce tend to focus on high profile splits and drawn-out court battles over money and custody of children, the majority of divorces in Northern... Read more

The Divorce week myth

By Lenore Rice The first working week of January has come to be reported  as ‘Divorce week’ in the media because family law solicitors often report a large increase in the... Read more

Government consultation to consider introduction of no-fault divorce

By Lenore Rice England and Wales could be moving towards a no-fault divorce system with an announcement expected that a government consultation will consider how to remove “unnecessary antagonism” from the divorce process. The anticipated... Read more

Judge describes protracted divorce case as scandalous waste of time

By Lenore Rice A family court judge has described the protracted divorce case of a couple who have already spent almost £2million on solicitor fees as a "scandalous waste of court... Read more

Divorce Day and the continuing myth about Christmas separations

By Lenore Rice The first working Monday of the New Year has rather unfortunately been dubbed Divorce Day in recent years, as it is a day that divorce solicitors see an... Read more

Divorce claim to future earnings based on fairness not necessity

By Lenore Rice A woman who was awarded a £10million divorce settlement following her separation from her husband has told the Court of Appeal that she is entitled to a share... Read more

Increasing number of enquiries about prenuptial agreements

By Lenore Rice Divorce and family law solicitors are reporting an increase in the number of people making enquiries about pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. There are a number of reasons why someone... Read more

Divorce payout appeal fails as wealth was obtained before marriage

By Lenore Rice The Appeal Court has refused a woman’s bid to increase her £3.5million divorce payout from her property tycoon husband, in a case that illustrates the difference between wealth... Read more

Woman denied divorce to challenge fault based system at Supreme Court

By Lenore Rice A woman who was refused a divorce by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal says she will tell the Supreme Court that she should not... Read more

Landmark divorce ruling says length of marriage should affect assets split

By Lenore Rice A Court of Appeal ruling has been described as a "sea change" to how a basic principle of asset division in matrimonial law is applied in divorce cases,... Read more

Bid to take divorce maintenance payment case to Supreme Court

By Lenore Rice A man is bidding to raise funds to take his divorce maintenance payment challenge to the Supreme Court, in order to change the "outmoded and dangerous" courts that... Read more

Call for money disputes to be separated from divorce process

By Lenore Rice A senior family law figure has called for financial disputes to be removed from the divorce process and dealt with separately in order to reduce the pressures on... Read more

Divorce refusal appeal will go to Supreme Court

By Lenore Rice The case of a woman who was refused a divorce from her husband by the Court of Appeal last month will now be taken to the Supreme Court,... Read more

Some useful divorce advice for the Brexit split

By Lenore Rice There is very little news in the UK at the moment that doesn't involve Brexit, or speculation on its repercussions on different aspects of our daily life. The... Read more

Writing a Will isn't just about who gets what

By Lenore Rice It is regularly estimated that approximately 70 per cent of adults do not have a Will, and recent research suggests that nearly a third of adults still fail... Read more

Prenups allow couples to choose the sort of marriage they want

By Lenore Rice A Supreme Court Justice has spoken of his support for binging pre-nuptial agreements, saying that couples "should be allowed to elect the sort of marriage which they want." Lord... Read more

Wife loses appeal against refusal of divorce on grounds of unhappiness

By Lenore Rice Tini Owens, aged 66, has lost her appeal against a family court refusal to grant her a decree of divorce from her husband of 39 years. The appeal court... Read more

Judge urges agreement on divorce case lasting longer than the marriage

By Lenore Rice A judge has urged a couple to reach agreement on their divorce settlement as the case has now lasted six times longer than the actual marriage itself. Marilyn Levesque... Read more

Divorce settlement appeal challenges asset-sharing principle

By Lenore Rice A woman has appealed a High Court decision to award her husband £2.7million as part of their divorce settlement, saying that the equal sharing of assets should not... Read more

Woman who spent divorce payout to be maintained for life

By Lenore Rice A woman has successfully requested an increase in the monthly maintenance payments she receives from the man she divorced 15 years ago, after spending the £230,000 lump sum... Read more

Case decision shows prenups are binding for better or for worse

Family law solicitors in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK know that until quite recently prenuptial agreements weren't always worth the paper they were written on when it... Read more

Decree absolute issued 4 years after filing for divorce

By Lenore Rice Four years after filing for divorce, a decree absolute has been issued in respect of the marriage of the Laura Ashley boss, Dr Khoo Kay Peng, and his... Read more

Divorce among over 55s increases as overall rate falls

By Lenore Rice Women over the age of 55 are the only group to see an increase in the divorce rate in the past ten years, according to new figures from... Read more

Using pre-nups to protect company in event of a divorce

By Lenore Rice Pre-nuptial agreements are increasingly prominent among business owners in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in recent months, as people take action to make sure developments... Read more

The Divorce Day myth continues

By Lenore Rice Divorce Day is fast becoming a fixed calendar date in the media world, with articles about an increase in divorce enquiries appearing every year in the first week... Read more

Making a Will continues to feature on resolution lists

By Lenore Rice There are a few resolutions that carry over from each year, and will almost certainly find themselves on next year's list as well - one of which is... Read more

Over-50s divorces increasing demand for rental property

By Lenore Rice The number of people over the age of 50 who are renting a property has increased significantly in the last 5 years, according to new research. Over a third... Read more

Five things to avoid when considering divorce

By Lenore Rice If you are considering a separation or divorce you no doubt have many questions and concerns. How you set about divorcing is very important for the future relationship... Read more

Divorce rate among over-50s up 75 per cent in 20 years

By Lenore Rice The number of couples over 50 getting a divorce has increased by 75 per cent in 20 years according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics... Read more

Widow stood to earn £6m from divorce but got £36k in Will

By Lenore Rice A woman is contesting the Will of her husband who died while they were in the middle of divorce proceedings from which she expected to receive a £6million... Read more

Appeal Court judge sends warning on divorce tourism

By Lenore Rice An appeal court judge has expressed her frustration at 'divorce tourism', saying that the UK courts are "not here to provide a top up for every foreign divorce". Lady... Read more

95 per cent of divorcing couples opt for court over mediation

By Lenore Rice The government's attempt to make divorcing couples attend mediation before going to court in England and Wales has been labelled a failure, after new figures revealed that only... Read more

Wife who gave up career to raise family given 90pc of assets in divorce

By Lenore Rice A family court judge has awarded a woman 90 per cent of the family assets, saying her 20 years away from her career in order to raise a... Read more

President of Family Division says 'digital divorces' will begin in 2017

By Lenore Rice The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, told guests at an annual dinner of the Family Law Bar Association that online divorce cases are planned "for... Read more

Judge awards co-habiting partner of 18 years share of property

By Lenore Rice A judge has awarded a woman her deceased partner's share of the property they lived in together for 18 years, after it had originally passed on to his... Read more

Cohabiting partner of 18 years sees share of house go to estranged wife

By Lenore Rice A women who cohabited with her partner for 18 years has gone to court to fight against the decision to give her deceased partner's share of their property... Read more

The truth about Divorce Day and why enquiries increase in January

By Lenore Rice The very unfortunate name of 'Divorce Day' was coined several years ago and has been used ever since to refer to the first Monday of the New Year,... Read more

Divorce case to consider legal limplication of 'for better or worse'

By Lenore Rice A husband who is appealing the financial settlement awarded to his wife as part of their divorce is asking the courts to consider the legal implications of his... Read more

Landmark divorce ruling aims to tackle dishonesty about finances

By Lenore Rice The Supreme Court has allowed two women to have their divorce settlements revisited because of dishonesty by their spouses in respect of the total value of their assets. Alison... Read more

Divorcing couples fight more over possessions than children

By Lenore Rice More couples going through a divorce fight over possessions than the children, according to a new survey by Big Yellow Self Storage. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most common thing... Read more

Injured war veteran at risk of losing compensation in divorce

By Lenore Rice A war veteran who was left severely brain damaged when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is now facing the... Read more

Divorce judge seeks to make example of husband's 'blatant dishonesty'

By Lenore Rice The judge in a High Court divorce case has sought to make an example of the 'blatant dishonesty' of a husband by making him pay his ex-wife's legal... Read more

Study suggests women are twice as likely to initiate divorces

By Lenore Rice A new study suggests that women are twice as likely as men to initiate a divorce, with the author of the research suggesting that gender imbalance when it... Read more

Divorced woman refuses to leave marital home despite court ordered sale

By Lenore Rice A woman is refusing to leave her £2million martial home following her divorce, despite the court ordering that the property should be sold with the proceeds split between... Read more

Ex-wife is awarded all assets in rare divorce case judgment

By Lenore Rice Family law courts normally approach the division of assets in a divorce case from a starting point of aiming for equality, but in one rare case an ex-wife... Read more

Number of spouses revisiting divorce settlements doubles

By Lenore Rice Last year the number of spouses going to court to revisit their divorce settlement more than doubled, with 29,060 court hearings compared to 14,690 in 2013. The so-called 'double... Read more

Cheap divorce cost doctor's wife her £3.2million home

By Lenore Rice A doctor's wife has described how she lost her £3.2million property as a result of trying to cut costs during their divorce. Norma Wilson was a nurse and a... Read more

Judge likens millionaire divorce battle to boxing match

By Lenore Rice The judge who presided over the divorce of Ekaterina and Richard Fields has likened the divorce hearing to a "boxing match", and criticised the £1million spent by the... Read more

Supreme Court to consider how much dishonesty in divorce is acceptable

By Lenore Rice The appeal case of Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil has begun at the Supreme Court, with both women arguing that they and the courts were misled by their... Read more

Ex-wives challenge divorce payouts over concealment of wealth

By Lenore Rice Two ex-wives will go to the Supreme Court to challenge the divorce payouts they received because they have subsequently learned that their husbands lied about the full extent... Read more

Millionaire US lawyer wins divorce custody battle over piano

By Lenore Rice Divorce cases in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK can occasionally throw up the bizarre and peculiar when it comes to couples fighting over their assets,... Read more

Divorce should take longer says most senior female judge

By Lenore Rice The most senior female judge in the United Kindgom, Baroness Hale of Richmond, has suggested several reforms to divorce laws, including that it should take longer for couples... Read more

Ex-wife allowed to claim against millionaire 20 yrs after divorce

By Lenore Rice A landmark divorce case ruling in the Supreme Court has paved the way for a woman to claim money from her ex-husband 20 years after they separated. Kathleen Wyatt,... Read more

Wife divorced from millionaire told by judge to get a job

By Lenore Rice The ex-wife of a millionaire has been told by a judge that she needs to stop living off her ex-husband's money and to go "get a job". Tracey Wright... Read more

38,000 inheritances delayed each year because of DIY Wills

By Lenore Rice New research suggests that as many as 38,000 inheritances in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are delayed each year because of poorly drafted Wills. An ineffective... Read more

Divorce among over-50s is up but negligence on Wills remains

By Lenore Rice The number of people over the age of 50 having a divorce has increased by 85 per cent since 2000, yet there is still the same negligence as... Read more

US couple criticised by judge for having a 'fiasco' divorce

By Lenore Rice The dispute of a couple involved in a divorce in the US revealed so much 'horrible' behaviour that the judge said they were having a bad impact on... Read more

Divorce Day - it has nothing to do with Christmas

By Lenore Rice For several years now, the first Monday of the new year has become known as 'divorce day' in legal circles, as most family law solicitors see a spike... Read more

Divorce case decision opens door for genius wealth protection

By Lenore Rice The High Court judgement in a divorce case involving a wealthy couple could result in the creation of 'genius wealth' protection. The Court was hearing the divorce case of... Read more

The landmark case looking at wealth earned after a divorce

By Lenore Rice There is a landmark case being heard at the Supreme Court being watched with much interest as it looks at the issue of a former spouse's right to... Read more

Wife could earn £100m settlement by moving divorce to UK

By Lenore Rice London can continue it's reputation as the divorce capital of the world as yet another big money divorce could potentially be moved there to secure a larger divorce... Read more

Wife feels short-changed by $1billion divorce settlement

By Lenore Rice In one of the largest divorce settlements in America, and the world, Sue Ann Hamm says she has been short-changed by the court that awarded her just $1billion. The... Read more

Wife who sacrificed career challenges divorce settlement

By Lenore Rice A woman who gave up her successful career when she became pregnant is appealing against the amount awarded to her in a divorce case, saying she should receive... Read more

Increase in use of prenups by small business owners

By Lenore Rice Pre-nuptial agreements are often considered to be a marriage contract for the wealthy, a precaution to be taken to protect existing assets, but there has been an increase... Read more

Couples hide money from each other in case of divorce

By Lenore Rice New research has revealed that a significant number of middle-aged couples are concealing the full extent of their finances from each other, with some saying they are hiding... Read more

Divorce tourism accused of clogging up UK family courts

By Lenore Rice Yet another international couple are involved in a dispute to see if their divorce should be handled in the courts in UK, which is generally a favoured option... Read more

Divorce more likely among couples who meet online

By Lenore Rice Married couples who meet online are three times more likely to divorce according to a new study, and also have a bigger chance of separating within the first... Read more

Judge suggests better not to date before divorce

By Lenore Rice The ruling of a judge in a divorce case came with a rather new suggestion that spouses should avoid dating before their divorce is finalised as it may... Read more

Aviva warns people to plan for possibility of divorce

By Lenore Rice Couples are being advised to plan for the worst case scenario of divorce and create a financial plan to avoid thousands of pounds in costs in the event... Read more

Farmers turning to pre-nups to protect family legacy

By Lenore Rice There has been an increase in enquiries about prenuptial agreements from farm owners since the status of the pre-marriage contracts gained more strength in Northern Ireland and the... Read more

Wife wants jail for husband who won't pay divorce settlement

By Lenore Rice The ex-wife of a man said to be worth £40million has asked the High Court to send him to prison because he has not paid any of the... Read more

Divorce solicitors can request access to Facebook accounts

By Lenore Rice Divorce solicitors are turning to social media accounts to look for evidence of hidden wealth during divorce proceedings, and can request permission from the judge to access the... Read more

Court allows husband to challenge divorce ruling

By Lenore Rice An Appeal Court has given a husband a chance to try to rescue his marriage by granting his appeal against a divorce decree nisi that was issued by... Read more

Billionaire loses out by rejecting divorce settlement offer

By Lenore Rice There has been another twist in the divorce involving the world's largest financial settlement, as it has been revealed that the Russian billionaire husband could have saved himself... Read more

Jail term for millionaire's 'flagrant contempt' in divorce case

By Lenore Rice Businessman and property tycoon Dider Thiry has been given a 4 month jail sentence for contempt of court in respect of his multi-million pound divorce case. Mr Thiry and... Read more

Family law solicitors see rise in pre-nuptial agreements

By Lenore Rice Solicitors specialising in family law and divorce in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are reporting an increase in inquiries in respect of pre-nuptial agreements. A recent... Read more

Court puts husbands needs ahead of pre-nuptial agreement

By Lenore Rice A High Court has nullified a pre-nuptial agreement because of the financial needs of a husband after his divorce from his wealthy heiress wife. Francesco Limata married Victoria Luckwell... Read more

Divorce rate spiked as economy emerged from recession

By Lenore Rice There were thirteen divorces every hour across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in 2012 according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics. While... Read more

5 per cent of divorces end within first year

By Lenore Rice A new survey suggests that 5 per cent of divorces occur within the first year of marriage, with one of the main reasons for the quick-burn relationships being... Read more

Challenge to pre-nup signed 1 year before divorce fails

By Lenore Rice A wife who signed a pre-nuptial agreement with her wealthy husband just 15 months before their divorce has failed in her attempts to have it disregarded in order... Read more

House husband and investment banker in £11m divorce dispute

By Lenore Rice A stay-at-home husband has filed for divorce from his investment banker wife and the two are disputing the marital assets estimated at £11million, and in what country the... Read more

Divorced wife says husband cheated her out of millions

By Gillian Crotty Alison Sharland is asking the Court of Appeal to allow her divorce settlement to be revisited because she believes her husband's dishonesty about the value of his computer... Read more

Judge wants classes promoting monogamy to curb divorce

By Lenore Rice Controversial High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge says married couples should take courses promoting monogamy in order to hold off divorce, and to protect their children from the... Read more

Ex-wife requests jail for husband who won't release assets

By Lenore Rice The ex-wife of former property developer Libor Krejci has applied to the High Court to have him imprisoned for failing to pass on assets as part of an... Read more

Investigator says 'broke' ex-husband worth £700m

By Lenore Rice A financial investigator has addressed the High Court in the divorce case involving property tycoon Scot Young and his ex-wife Michelle. The judge is currently trying to assess... Read more

Duncan Bannatyne says prenups should be the norm

By Lenore Rice Millionaire Duncan Bannatyne, a regular on the TV show Dragon's Den, believes that getting a prenuptial agreement should become "as much a part of the wedding planning as... Read more

Wife says she will settle for £300m divorce payout

By Lenore Rice The High Court has begun to hear the divorce case of Michelle and Scot Young, and have been told by the businessman's estranged wife that she will "settle... Read more

Divorcing couples offered free mediation service

By Lenore Rice Northern Ireland couples who are considering a divorce, but have not yet begun court proceedings, can avail of a free family mediation service which is being funded by... Read more

Owner of $3m apartment tells divorce court he's broke

By Lenore Rice A husband who was battling a County Court order for him to pay £235,000 towards his wife's legal fees told the court that he owned a $3.3million apartment... Read more

Sometimes older children should meddle in parents divorce

Family law solicitors know only too well that when parents divorce safeguarding the interests of young children is the priority for everyone, and generally shapes all other aspects such as... Read more

Wealthy witnesses at Young divorce face questioning

By Lenore Rice A number of high profile wealthy business men will be cross-examined by divorce solicitors acting on behalf of Michelle Young after her ex-husband fails to protect his so-called... Read more

Divorced over 60s turn to equity release mortgages

By Lenore Rice New research suggests that a significant number of over-60s divorced and separated couples are turning to equity release mortgages in order to split up their assets. One in 10... Read more

Dishonest tycoon sees divorce settlement ripped up

By Lenore Rice A business tycoon who reached a private divorce settlement with his wife after separating in 2009, without involving solicitors, has seen the agreement ripped up by a judge... Read more

Court awards UK's biggest ever divorce payout

By Lenore Rice The High Court has awarded the largest ever divorce payout in the UK in a contested marriage split. In the case known as M v M, the divorced... Read more

Law Society criticises celebrity and DIY divorces

By Lenore Rice The Law Society has hit out at celebrity divorces for giving the public an unrealistic view of the process involved, and also warns against the dangers of DIY... Read more

Increase in divorce among people over 60

By Lenore Rice There has been an increase in the rate of divorce among people over 60 years old in England and Wales, while the rate among all other age groups... Read more

Lawson-Saatchi divorce granted in under a minute

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi were granted a divorce today at the London High Count in under a minute. The couple were married in 2003 but their 10 year marriage ended... Read more

Lawson-Sattchi quick divorce scheduled for tomorrow

The divorce of celebrity couple Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi is due to take place at 10.30am tomorrow morning, with proceedings expected to be very quick. The couple are said to... Read more

Arguments about money are top predictor for divorce

New research suggests that couples who argue about financial matters are more likely to divorce than couples who argue about other things, such as in-laws or children. Couples who turn to... Read more

English Tycoon's divorce will not be heard in UK

The Appeal Court has upheld the decision of the High Court to prevent an English property tycoon's wife from divorcing him through the courts in England, because he convinced the... Read more

Guidance on asset freezing orders in divorce cases

A family court judge who was recently enraged at a divorce case in which the wife had successfully blocked her husband from dealing with £30million of assets has issued guidance... Read more

Divorce wife raided husband's safe for information

A High Court judge has overturned a £20million asset freezing order on the grounds that the wife involved had illegitimately obtained financial information about her husband's wealth, by raiding his... Read more

Northern Ireland man tricked wife into divorce

A bizarre case before the Belfast High Court in Northern Ireland involved a wife who was unaware that her husband had divorced her. The husband, who cannot be named, successfully obtained... Read more

Survey says hiding assets common during divorce

An online survey carried out by Onepoll suggests that couples attempt to hide their assets in nearly a quarter of all divorces in Northern Ireland and the rest of the... Read more

£2.5million per month divorce settlement

January is traditionally the month of the year with the highest rate of divorce in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, which brings with it complicated issues of... Read more

Majority of people say divorce is too easy

Ahead of the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on divorce a separate survey suggests that the majority of adults believe it is too easy to get divorced, and... Read more

Hotel owner loses bid to cut wifes divorce payout

Multimillionaire hotel owner Andrew Davies has lost his bid to reduce the £2.7million divorce settlement awarded to his ex-wife. Mr and Mrs Davies had created a successful hotel business, but Mr... Read more

Couple spend £1.3million in divorce court battle

A divorcing couple has been criticised by three Court of Appeal judges after running up a combined legal bill on divorce solicitors and court proceedings totalling £1.3million. Mohammed Salim Alyami, aged... Read more

Husband loses bankruptcy plea to cancel divorce debt

Alexander McRoberts, aged 54, has lost his plea to have his divorce debt cancelled after being discharged from bankruptcy. Mr McRoberts divorced his wife in 2003 and she was awarded the... Read more

Divorce case ruling protects company assets

The Court of Appeal in England has reached a decision in a divorce case that could have huge implications for future divorcing couples in England and Wales if the line... Read more

How volatile divorces are helping the tax man

It seems that the old adage that 'no-one wins in a divorce' may have to be amended, as the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is regularly benefiting from bitter separations,... Read more

Divorcing couple exhaust assets on legal action

A judge has criticised a divorcing couple who managed to squander most of their significant fortune in legal fees. Anna-Marie Harvey Kavanagh and Giles Kavanagh are both practising solicitors, and during... Read more

'Lower house prices mean lower divorce rates'

A reduction in the value of properties may mean a slowing in the level of divorces taking place in Britain and Northern Ireland, according to a new survey.Savills Research found... Read more

Divorce 'leads to happier lives'

Increased divorce rates do not mean a weakening of the family unit, but actually prevent the "huge human misery" created by social taboos in the past, a commentator has said.... Read more

'Consider the implications of divorce'

Parents in Northern Ireland are being urged to consider the consequences of divorce on their children.Family solicitor and blogger Diane Benussi said on the Benussi blog that statistically, divorce can... Read more

Divorce book runs to second edition

A book explaining divorce law for those considering going through the process has proved so popular it is running to a second edition, it has been reported.The Coventry Telegraph explained... Read more

Divorce 'does not have to be painful'

The process of getting divorced from a partner does not necessarily need to be painful, according to a family solicitor.Nicola Walker told the Birmingham Post that while divorces are popularly... Read more

Consult solicitors in NI for civil partnership 'divorce'

The laws governing dissolution - or 'divorce' - in a civil partnership are not quite the same as those for married couples and as such it is essential to consult... Read more

Northern Ireland divorce rate 'hits new high'

The number of couples in Northern Ireland choosing to consult solicitors and divorce hit an all-time high in 2007.Statistics released by the government have shown that the number of couples... Read more

Conservatives propose divorce counselling centres

The Conservative party has proposed the introduction of Australian-style family relationship centres to help counsel unhappy couples, it has been reported.According to the Times, David Cameron perceives the centres as... Read more

Assets splits 'biggest divorce issue'

Dividing up assets is the "significant issue" needed to define divorce law, it has been claimed.Writing in the Times, lawyer Joe Vaitilingham said that while examining the legal status of... Read more

Legally-binding pre-nups 'would stop "fat" payouts'

A solicitor has said that people wishing to divorce their wealthy partners may no longer be able to expect "fat" payouts for doing so.Speaking to BBC Two's Working Lunch, family... Read more

Officers 'to focus on domestic violence'

Police officers in the Antrim area of Northern Ireland have revealed that one of their main priorities for the year will be cutting domestic violence, the Antrim Times reports.According to... Read more

UK 'divorce fair' for splitting couples

Couples from all over the UK, including Northern Ireland, who plan to divorce are being invited to the country's first 'divorce fair'.Solicitors, counsellors and financial advisors will all be on... Read more

Trusts a 'great opportunity' for lessening inheritance tax

Well-planned trusts can prove a "very effective way" to reduce inheritance tax liabilities and ensure that as much of your wealth as possible is passed onto the next generation, according... Read more

Paper offers advice on post-divorce property purchase

Buying a property alone following a divorce can be difficult, according to Jane Bidder writing in the Telegraph.After undergoing a divorce on her own, Ms Bidder purchased a property which... Read more

Mothers recover financially faster from divorce

While solicitors will note that women in Belfast and Northern Ireland who choose to divorce are usually much worse off financially, mothers may be recovering faster than they used to.Although... Read more

Affairs account for half of NI divorces

Affairs are the cause of half of all divorces that solicitors in Northern Ireland deal with, a higher proportion than in the rest of the UK.While only 27 per cent... Read more

Lists of assets help divorcing couples

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland find it much easier to sort out assets splits where full a list of what is shared has been made, but now experts say... Read more

Widow forced to settle with husband's ex-wife

Solicitors in Northern Ireland will have watched an unusual case with interest, as a woman whose husband died only hours after they married has been forced to pay £100,000 to... Read more

Life changes fuel endowment sales

New research has shown that the most common reasons for selling an endowment policy in Northern Ireland are those which involve solicitors.According to aap, the endowment policy company, divorce settlements... Read more

Judge calls for assets split review

Solicitors could see a change in divorce law after the most senior family judge in Britain and Northern Ireland has said that the law on assets splits should be reviewed.Sir... Read more

Cohabitees 'should' enjoy new rights

The Law Commission has recommended that people who have cohabited and then split up should be given the same rights as married couples who divorce.If implemented, it could mean that... Read more

Divorcee must pay for ex's debts

In the second case of its kind, divorcee Vivienne Avis may be forced to sell the home she has lived in for over 20 years due to the bankruptcy of... Read more

Love not legally binding

With the trend for people in love to live together and even have children without being married increasing, it is vital that people get their financial arrangements sorted out through... Read more

Divorcees may fund ex's debts

An unprecedented decision yesterday ruled that a divorcee would have to fund creditors when her ex-husband was declared bankrupt, the Times reports.Solicitors have predicted an influx of trustees in bankruptcy... Read more

Landmark judgement on common-law couple

Solicitors across Britain and Northern Ireland will have been paying close attention to the case of Mr Stack v Ms Dowden, as judges ruled that the unmarried couple should have... Read more

More divorces due to infidelity

Adultery was cited as the leading cause for divorce last year, accounting for 32 per cent of all splits, up from 29 per cent in 2005, according to a new... Read more

Charman settlement could set a precedent

Solicitors and financial advisers alike are eagerly watching the unfolding of the Charman divorce case, currently being heard in the Court of Appeal. The final ruling on the case, which... Read more