The remarriage trap and pension sharing

An application for a financial provision order or a property adjustment order cannot be made if a party has remarried (section 28(3) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). The Petitioner's financial claims are usually left in the divorce petition but if the claims were crossed out, or it is the Respondent who wishes to make a claim, a Form A needs to be iss...
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Judicial exasperation at private law proceedings that should not require court proceedings - There are many other ways to settle disagreements, such as mediation.

This judgment gives an insight into the mindset of the family judiciary at this moment in time. It is reproduced in slightly abbreviated form below: 1. In error and, no doubt, under intense pressure from a busy court list, a legal adviser made an unnecessary and disproportionate order for the disclosure of five years' worth of medical records relat...
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Breaking up does not mean having to go broke - Family Mediation can help

When couples with significant assets decide to separate, it can become a costly and protracted proceeding. But high net worth couples are not average, they have many unique issues that take more time to resolve, and their legal fees are often much higher. With so much property and assets at stake, there is the potential for a long and drawn out cou...
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​MoJ Response to Family Mediation Council (FMC) Proposals to Assist Families

The FMC submitted a series of proposals to the MoJ in order to encourage more families to use mediation to settle disputes. The proposals included MoJfunded MIAMs for all, better gatekeeping by the courts, and an online scheme whereby judges could refer parties to mediation if they had reached court. The MOJ confirmed they had lots of let...
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