Divorce

Divorce claim to future earnings based on fairness not necessity

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

Belfast woman arrested after fleeing to Spain with daughter

By Lenore Rice A Belfast woman who took her 5-year-old daughter to Spain without the father’s consent has been arrested pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant. The girl’s Senegalese born father reported... 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

Parents warned about mobile phone videos in custody cases

By Lenore Rice Divorce solicitors are seeing an increase in the number of parents producing videos of their children taken on mobile devices and tablets to support their case for custody... 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

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

New figures reveal extent of unpaid child maintenance backlog

By Lenore Rice Approximately 1.2million people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are owed child maintenance payments according to new figures revealed by the Victoria Derbyshire programme. The figures... 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

Wife denied divorce as allegations were flimsy and exaggerated

By Lenore Rice A 65-year-old woman has told the Court of Appeal that she should be allowed to divorce her husband of 37 years after a previous judge ruled that her... Read more

Deliberate parent alienation after divorce is a form of abuse says Cafcass

By Lenore Rice Parents who deliberately manipulate their children against the other parent following a divorce are guilty of "abuse", says Anthony Douglas of the Children and Family Court Advisory and... 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

Family Law solicitors continue call for no fault divorce

By Lenore Rice Divorce solicitors and mediation groups in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are continuing to call for the introduction of 'no fault' divorces, which was first... 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

Relate charity concern at report on distressed relationships

By Lenore Rice The charity that provides counseling services for couples in the UK, Relate, have described the findings of a report suggesting 18 per cent of couples in the UK... 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

Lineker calls for mathematical solution for divorces to reduce legal costs

By Lenore Rice Ex-footballer Gary Lineker has called for a "mathematical equation" to help resolve divorce settlements to replace lengthy court proceedings that run up huge legal bills. Mr Lineker, who has... 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

Figures reveal high dependency on NI courts to resolve child custody issues

By Lenore Rice There were over 10,000 child contact and residence orders submitted to Northern Ireland Courts over the past 3 judicial years, prompting calls for increased promotion of mediation for... 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

Judge allows 'significant figure for wine' in child maintenance payments

By Lenore Rice A family law judge criticised a woman's request for child maintenance to cover the cost of wine when entertaining her child's friends parents, but disagreed only with her... 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

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

Celebrity's wait for divorce highlights pitfalls of marrying abroad

By Lenore Rice It is becoming increasingly common for couples from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to get married abroad, but the case of singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini highlights... Read more

Divorcing parents encouraged to give a voice to their children

By Lenore Rice Divorce solicitors and charities are encouraging separating parents to improve how they communicate with and involve their children in the divorce process. Family law solicitors are already beginning to... 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

Thousands of divorce settlements could be revisted after software error

By Lenore Rice An error in the software used to calculate financial terms for divorces could mean that thousands of settlements in England will need to be revisited. The error with Form... Read more

Survey reveals children's attitudes to their parents divorce

By Lenore Rice A survey by the family law organisation Resolution reveals some interesting views about divorce by the children of separated parents. Perhaps surprisingly, 82 per cent of children aged between... Read more

Advice for separated parents planning their first Christmas apart

By Lenore Rice The holiday season can take a lot of careful planning at the best of times - getting the right gifts, dedicating equal time around two families in the... Read more

Online system proposed for compensation and divorce cases in NI

By Gillian Crotty Solicitors dealing with divorces and compensation cases are being asked to consider the introduction of an online dispute resolution system in Northern Ireland. Holland and British Columbia in Canada... Read more

Maintenance arrangements agreed by parents increased in 2015

By Lenore Rice More children are benefiting from maintenance arrangements agreed directly between the parents according to new figures released by the Department for Work & Pensions. There were 34,000 effective Family... 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

Research reveals extent of domestic abuse problem in Northern Ireland

By Lenore Rice New research has revealed that there have been 67 deaths in Northern Ireland as a result of domestic abuse in the last 10 years, representing a quarter of... 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

First divorce case following Ashley Madison data breach

By Lenore Rice It has been reported that the first divorce case has been instigated following the theft of user details from the Ashley Madison website, which is a service for... Read more

Man gave false DNA sample to avoid child maintenance payments

By Lenore Rice A man has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, after it was discovered that he provided a fake... 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

Father withdraws case against runaway mum Rebecca Minnock

By Lenore Rice Rebecca Minnock, who ran away with her son after losing a two year long custody battle has been told by a judge that she "owes her liberty" to... 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

Judge criticises runaway mother for custody battle publicity stunt

By Lenore Rice Rebecca Minnock, who ran away with her 3 year old son, Ethan, after losing a custody battle with his father Roger Williams, has appeared in court after handing... 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

Legal aid cuts could result in unsafe child contact arrangements

By Lenore Rice A new study looking at contact applications lodged by parents after a divorce or separation raises concerns that legal aid cuts have removed the option of going to... 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

More grandparents seek legal advice on access to grandchildren

An increasing number of grandparents are seeking legal advice on how to get access to spend time with their grandchildren following a divorce or family feud, according to new figures. The... 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

Man sues ex-wife after learning ex-boyfriend was father of their son

The Central London County Court is hearing a damages claim from a man who says his ex-wife admitted that he was not the father of their son, and that it... Read more

One in three victims of domestic abuse can't get legal aid

By Lenore Rice The Justice Select Committee say that legal aid changes in England and Wales are preventing a third of domestic abuse victims getting access to a solicitor because they... 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

Grandparents encouraged to mediate for contact with grandchildren

By Lenore Rice Grandparents who are trying to get contact with their grandchildren after a divorce should turn to mediation rather than the courts, says Jane Robey, CEO of National Family... 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

A quarter of divorces involve a dispute over a pet

By Lenore Rice New research suggests that 1-in-4 divorces in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK involve a dispute over who should keep the family pet. According to the research... Read more

Court rejects Will request to keep children from father

By Lenore Rice The children of an English woman who died from cancer will be returned to their father in Australia despite her Will stating that she considered it would be... Read more

Facebook used as evidence of infidelity in third of divorces

By Lenore Rice A partner's use of Facebook is cited in a third of all divorce cases in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, according to research, and is... Read more

Divorced father must take children to mass as part of contact order

By Lenore Rice A child contact order issued by a judge following a divorce case requires the father to take his kids to mass when he has custody of them, even... 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

Legal help to fulfill your New Year's resolutions

A new year is upon us, and according to surveys and polls, over half of us have made some kind of resolution for 2015. As ever, health and finances top... 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

Why modern life for over-50s makes writing a Will a necessity

By Lenore Rice Surveys consistently conclude that approximately 7 out of every 10 adults in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK do not have a Will, and there is... Read more

Divorce study highlights need for a managed separation

By Lenore Rice A new study into the impact of divorce on children by the the association of family law solicitors, Resolution, highlights the need to manage the separation as carefully... 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

Social media evidence in divorce cases growing

By Lenore Rice It wasn't that long ago that it seemed modern for sms text messages to be submitted as evidence of unfaithfulness in divorce cases. Fast forward to the current... Read more

David James memorabilia auction shows cost of divorce

By Lenore Rice David James was an international professional footballer who earned approximately £20million from football and endorsements, but a costly divorce in 2005 led to him being declared bankrupt, and... Read more

'Employers should help employees going through divorce'

By Lenore Rice Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said the government will "push" employers to intervene and support employees who are going through a divorce or separation. Mr Duncan Smith says... Read more

Lack of support for children who witness domestic violence

By Lenore Rice It is estimated that 25 per cent of children in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will witness domestic violence before they reach the age of... Read more

New NSPCC office in Belfast to tackle under-reporting

By Lenore Rice The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is opening a call centre in Belfast, which it hopes will help deal with a problem with... 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

Study says link between expensive weddings and divorce

By Lenore Rice A new study suggests that there is a higher rate of divorce among couples who spend more on the engagement ring and wedding. With the rather long title of... 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

70 domestic abuse calls to PSNI every day

By Lenore Rice Police in Northern Ireland are receiving 70 calls relating to domestic abuse incidents every day, and while that number in itself is cause for concern, a senior judge... Read more

Northern Ireland court removes child from mother

By Lenore Rice The High Court in Northern Ireland has approved the removal of a child from her mother, and for the 13-year-old girl to be housed at a centre in... 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

Inheritance disputes causing older couples to divorce

By Lenore Rice Divorce solicitors in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are seeing an increase in divorces among older couples who cannot agree on inheritance issues, and in... Read more

Jail for attack on cars over farmland lost in divorce

By Neil Logan A Northern Ireland man has been sentenced to 9 months in prison after using a digger to damage two cars in a dispute relating to farming land he... Read more

Marriage tax break might cause parents to resist divorce

By Lenore Rice In April next year married couples will be able to benefit from a £1,000 tax break, but the policy has come under criticism from a number of quarters,... 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

Study says Facebook use is a predictor of divorce rate

By Lenore Rice A new study says that people who use social media are 32 per cent more likely to consider divorce, and that the use of sites such as Facebook... Read more

Children of divorce cut contact with father to please mother

By Lenore Rice Children of a divorce will say they don't want contact with their father in order to please their mother, says child psychologist Penelope Leach in her book Family... 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

Mother in custody battle caught drink driving with kids

By Gary Adair A woman who is involved in a custody battle with the father of her children has been caught drink driving with her three young kids in the car... Read more

Mother loses child residency because of lifestyle

By Lenore Rice A court has ruled that a mother should no longer have residency rights in respect of her daughter because of her "degrading lifestyle" which was considered to be... 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

Planning a holiday abroad - some legal issues to consider

By Lenore Rice The summer holidays will soon be upon us and it is increasingly common for families to go abroad, but there are certain legal issues to consider before packing... Read more

One domestic abuse incident every 19 mins in NI

By Lenore Rice Domestic abuse levels in Northern Ireland are increasing according to new statistics which reveal that there were 27,000 domestic abuse incidents reported to the police in 2013. The figures... Read more

Belfast court decision on abducted boy overturned

By Lenore Rice The UK Supreme Court has overruled a decision by the Belfast Court of Appeal in respect of a Lithuanian woman living in Northern Ireland who was alleged to... 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

Legal aid in spotlight after fraud trial halted

The role of legal aid has been brought into the spotlight once again after a serious fraud trial in England was brought to a halt because the defendants said they... Read more

Study suggests divorce more likely if wife falls ill

By Lenore Rice A study of 2,700 marriages over a 20 year period found that a third of those relationships ended in divorce, and that in half of those divorces the... Read more

Research suggests divorce link to use of Twitter

By Lenore Rice New research suggests that extensive use of Twitter and other social networking sites can have a damaging effect on relationships, and can increase the likelihood of infidelity and... Read more

Man says he signed divorce document without his glasses

By Lenore Rice A High Court judge has been told by an unnamed 'rich Arab' that he was not wearing his glasses when he signed a divorce document that required him... Read more

MP Nigel Evans legal aid rethink after costly defense

By Neil Logan MP Nigel Evans, who was cleared of a number of sexual charges, has said that he has had to re-think his stance on legal aid cuts after spending... Read more

Report criticises police approach to domestic abuse

By Lenore Rice A new report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has criticised the response of police forces to claims by domestic abuse victims. The report looked at 43 police forces... Read more

Paltrow-Martin divorce terminology sparks discussion

By Lenore Rice The divorce of a high profile celebrity couple such as actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin was always going to attract a huge amount of mainstream media... Read more

High Court tells mother to return son to father in Spain

By Lenore Rice A woman who returned to England with her son in breach of an order by a Spanish court has been told that she must return the boy to... Read more

Guide for parents who are separating

By Lenore Rice After a separation a couple will sometimes find that they disagree on many things, but without exception, if there were children as a result of a relationship both... 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

Child custody battle lost because of permissive parenting

By Lenore Rice A mother who was originally granted residential custody of her two children after a divorce has been criticised by the High Court for her 'permissive' style of parenting,... 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

Judge's despair at divorce case that has already cost £1m

By Lenore Rice A High Court Judge has voiced his despair at a divorce dispute which has already run up legal costs of £1million despite only being at the preliminary stage. Nicholas... Read more

Why January 3rd is 2014's Divorce D-day

By Lenore Rice For several years now a trend has been apparent that there is a large increase in divorces in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK after 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

Parent child abductions likely to increase over Christmas

By Lenore Rice Christmas is a difficult time for divorced parents and their children. Making arrangements that keep everyone happy isn't easy, and for many non-resident parents who don't get to... Read more

Why do divorce rates double over Christmas?

By Lenore Rice Statistics on divorce regularly reveal a spike in the number of people separating in the month of January, so what is it about the Christmas period that pushes... 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

Lesson to learn from divorced Mum's passport ordeal

By Lenore Rice Couples who divorce should take note of the case of a UK woman who was suspected of abducting her own daughter because the surnames of their passports did... Read more

Deciding where children of a divorce spend Christmas

By Lenore Rice There is very little about a divorce that isn't difficult for the children involved, but the Christmas holidays are perhaps the most challenging time of the year. Some divorced... Read more

130,000 UK fathers have no contact with their children

By Lenore Rice New research suggests that as many as 130,000 fathers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have no contact whatsoever with their children. After a divorce or... 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

180 Italian couples in UK divorce fraud

By Lenore Rice The most senior family court judge is being asked to annul 180 divorces involving Italian couples after it was uncovered that they had fraudulently asserted residency in the... 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

New stats show women initiate divorce more than men

By Lenore Rice New figures released by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) in respect of 2011 show that women petitioned divorce in 66 per cent of the cases that... 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

Child of divorce offers advice as charity ambassador

By Lenore Rice A 14 year old girl who watched her parents divorce at the age of 5 has become an ambassador for the charity 'Kids in the Middle', which helps... Read more

Stats suggest 7-yr itch has become 11-yr itch

By Lenore Rice Figures released from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest that couples who eventually divorce are lasting in marriage longer before separating compared to 20 years ago. The infamous... 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

Losing someone else's hair in your divorce

By Lenore Rice Divorce settlements are regularly referred to in terms of severity - just how much does the arrangement push a previously wealthy person down into poverty - did they... Read more

People with siblings are less likely to divorce

By Lenore Rice A new study suggests that people who grow up with a lot of siblings are less likely to divorce when they go on to marry. The study was carried... 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

114 forced marriages involving mental disability

By Lenore Rice A High Court case involving the forced marriage of a mentally incapacitated man has shone the spotlight on an otherwise relatively unknown issue. Last year the government's forced... 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

No financial claims in Lawson-Saatchi divorce

Celebrity couple Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi will not be making any financial claims on each other during their divorce according to a statement released by the pair. The statement confirmed... 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

Public prefers gov involvement in child maintenance

A new survey reveals that the majority of the British public believes the government should be more involved in setting the level of child maintenance payable and enforcing it, instead... 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

Divorce settlements eating into pensions

New research has revealed that pension sharing orders are becoming increasingly more common in divorce settlements in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Figures obtained by Hugh James Solicitors... Read more

Choose solicitor carefully warns Legal Ombudsman

The Legal Ombudsman that deals with complaints about advice received from lawyers in England, received most complaints in respect of advice on divorce, highlighting the need for clients to choose... Read more

Divorce ruling significant for wealthy couples

The Supreme Court ruling in the divorce case involving an English wife and Nigerian oil tycoon could have significant implications for separating wealthy couples in Northern Ireland and the rest... Read more

Debt doubles chance of divorce among retirees

New research suggests that elderly couples with debt problems are twice as likely to divorce as couples whose finances are in order. The study carried out by Age-UK and the International... Read more

Judge warning over divorce settlement calculations

An important judgment has been delivered in respect of a divorce settlement, with the judge urging caution when estimating future income to calculate a financial order. The case in question involved... Read more

Husband fails to annul divorce from deceased wife

A husband has failed in his bid to have his divorce from his now deceased wife annulled, despite his assertions that he was completely unaware that they had legally separated. Desmond... Read more

Divorce settlement pension overpayment not to be repaid

The Pensions Ombudsman has ruled that an overpayment of a pension in relation to a divorce settlement does not have to be paid back by the divorcee, as the divorce... Read more

Husband wins appeal against claim made 18yrs after divorce

The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the man who was the subject of a claim for maintenance from the ex-wife he divorced 18 years previously. Dale Vince and... Read more

Bitter public split ends with 65 sec divorce

It was the separation that showed the danger of taking to social media sites to get at your ex, yet despite being said to be 'at war', the divorce of... Read more

Second marriages less likely to end in divorce

A new report by the Marriage Foundation suggests that second marriages are less likely to end in divorce than those couples tying the knot for the first time. Figures from the... Read more

Ex-wife claims maintenance 20yrs after divorce

A former new age traveller who was penniless when he divorced his wife in 1992 is now facing a maintenance claim 20 years later, having now become a multi-millionaire. Dale Vince,... Read more

Landmark prenuptial agreement decision in US

Prenuptial agreements have only recently been recognised by the UK courts, so there is to date very little case law on how the courts view them, and the circumstances that... Read more

Figures show increase in domestic violence

New figures released by the Citizens Advice Bureaux indicate an 11 per cent increase in the number of people advising that they have suffered domestic violence. In the last three months... 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

Figures reveal extent of unpaid child maintenance

New figures released by the Child Support Agency have revealed that unpaid child maintenance in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK totalled £3.837billion as of December 2012. In the... Read more

£15m settlement ends 4 year divorce dispute

The eventful 4 year divorce dispute between multimillionaire Vivian Imerman, often called 'The Man from Del Monte', and his wife Lisa Tchenguiz has finally come to an end, after the... Read more

10 year marriage ends over map-reading fight

A man has lost his legal attempt to save his marriage after the court granted his wife a decree nisi on the basis of an argument they had about her... Read more

Billionaire's son regrets divorce war via Twitter

The divorce of Ben Goldsmith, aged 32, and Kate Rothschild, aged 30, has become the sample case of what can happen when an acrimonious divorce is mixed together with social... 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

Unemployment and divorce factors behind debt

Debt charity StepChange say that two of the factors behind the debt problems of the callers who contact them are unemployment and divorce. Of the just over 22,000 calls from adults... Read more

Half of divorces occur in first 10 yrs of marriage

A half of all divorces in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK involve couples who have been married ten years or less, according to a new study. After ten... Read more

Fifth divorce most expensive for Lord

The fifth wife of Lord Northampton is to receive a £17million divorce settlement, after their 20-year marriage ended in separation. The Lord's marriage to Lady Pamela Northampton was his longest, but... Read more

Divorce cash struggle results in jail term

A six month prison term has been handed to property dealer Scot Young by the High Court, who failed to provide details of his finances to explain the disappearance of... Read more

Claim that Facebook change will cause divorces

With the word 'Facebook' already appearing in one in three divorce petitions in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, according to research by Divorce-Online, the same company is... Read more

Husband deceived over children wins damages

A man who was tricked into believing that the two children he helped raise until they were teenagers where his has been awarded £25,000 damages after he sued his ex-wife. Factory... 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

Why do divorces increase after Christmas?

Each year in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK there is a noticeable increase in the number of divorces in the weeks following Christmas, but what is it... 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

Third of UK divorces cite facebook

A third of divorce petitions in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK cite use of the social media site Facebook as a contributing factor to the breakdown of... Read more

Plan to cut legal aid in NI civil cases

Justice Minister David Ford has outlined proposals to cut legal aid paid to barristers and solicitors in civil cases in Northern Ireland. Family law cases including divorce and child custody hearings... Read more

Pensions only feature in 15pc of divorce settlements

New figures suggest that pensions are only discussed as part of 15 per cent of divorce settlements in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. In the eighth annual Scottish... Read more

Women close to divorce work longer hours

New research suggests that women who feel they are at risk of divorce work longer hours to protect themselves from the fallout of a marriage separation. The research was published by... 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

Jail for fraud to lower divorce settlement

A man has been given an 18 month prison sentence for committing fraud and perjury in an attempt to deceive the divorce court about his assets, and thereby reduce the... Read more

Is recession to thank for lower divorce rate?

More couples are choosing not to divorce because of the costs involved, according to a specialist in divorce finance. Graham Campbell told the Telegraph that prior to the recession a third... Read more

Mother told to allow child contact or lose them

The High Court in England and Wales has ruled that a mother intentionally prevented the father of her children from having regular contact with them, and has given her one... Read more

Equal amount of cohabiting and married parents

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the number of cohabiting couples with children has risen to equal the number of married couples with children for the... Read more

Half of couples target conflict-free divorce

A new survey by Resolution has revealed that 53% of couples would work to ensure their divorce passed with minimal conflict as a matter of priority, and revealed that financial... 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

Law Society says shared parenting plans 'flawed'

The Law Society in England has said that the government's proposals to amend the Children Act 1989 legislation to promote cooperative parenting is "seriously flawed", though welcomes the intention behind... Read more

One in three divorces over household chores

A survey carried out by a household and cleaning products manufacturer, Vileda, suggests that one in three separations in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are connected to... Read more

Research on role of technology in divorce

While some couples who divorce are using technology to improve their relationship with their ex-spouse, others are using it to continue their feud into new forums according to research by... Read more

What we can learn from celebrity divorces

The tabloid news is full of celebrity divorce gossip, and while the articles may involve the lives of people completely divorced from reality, the manner in which they separate represents... Read more

2300 divorces in Northern Ireland last year

There were 2300 divorces in Northern Ireland last year according to new statistics released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), meaning divorce levels have maintained fairly constant... Read more

Divorce solicitor criticised by top judge

A barrister involved in a high profile divorce case withdrew his representation of his client after the judge hearing the case criticised him in private remarks which the barrister said... Read more

Divorce woman has house restriction lifted

An unnamed woman who was ordered to live at a specified address nearly two years ago, after her divorce, has had the restriction which she compared to "house arrest" removed... Read more

Pensioner unaware that wife divorced him

A pensioner has claimed that he was unaware that his wife of 30 years was divorcing him until he received a letter from the court saying the Decree Nisi had... Read more

Farmers turn to pre-nups to protect land

Divorce solicitors in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are seeing an increase in the number of farmers wanting to execute a pre-nuptial agreement in order to keep... Read more

First high profile divorce of the twitter generation

Divorce solicitors are calling the upcoming divorce case of multi-millionaire Ben Goldsmith the first high-profile court case of the 'Twitter generation'. The couple have both taken to Twitter with photos and... Read more

Husband says wife must be insane to want divorce

Peter Savva, aged 64, told the Court of Appeal that his wife Niki must be "ill" or "confused" to want a divorce and asked for psychiatric tests to be carried... Read more

Family court judge to combat divorce

High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge is launching a campaign to promote marriage as the "gold standard for relationships" because he believes the extent of divorce and relationship breakdowns in... Read more

More wealthy couples seek 'friendly divorces'

New reports suggest that wealthy couples are increasingly moving away from the normal 'fight it out in court' approach to divorce, and attempting to agree their separation on friendlier terms. More... Read more

Judge calls for 'divorces without blame'

President of the High Court's Family Division, Sir Nicholas Wall, has called for an end to the divorce system that requires one of the partners to be deemed guilty, or... Read more

Divorce court judge prepares for his own divorce

Mr Justice Mostyn, one of the most well known High Court judges in the UK divorce courts, will soon have his own divorce hearing as he and wife set to... Read more

Second divorce slays Dragon's den star's finances

The second divorce of millionaire Duncan Bannatyne highlights two important issues that can make the difference between a smooth divorce and a bitter one - and it seems he has... Read more

Lords vote against child maintenance arrangement charges

A government proposal to charge single parents to use the Child Support Agency to arrange child maintenance has been voted against by a 142 majority in the House of Lords... Read more

Post-nuptial agreement was 'grossly unfair'

While UK courts have found themselves contemplated pre-nuptial agreements in divorce proceedings over the last year, a high profile case this month involved a post-nuptial agreement - a contract entered... Read more

Mediation focus for divorcing couples criticised

Family solicitor group Resolution has warned that government plans to focus on mediation for couples who have decided to divorce will prejudice those who have abusive or difficult spouses. The group... Read more

Facebook cited in third of UK divorces

UK divorce website 'Divorce-Online' has carried out a survey which reveals that social media website Facebook is cited in 33% of behaviour petitions as a reason for wanting to divorce.... Read more

Fear of divorce keeps marriage levels down

New research involving interviews with co-habiting couples suggests that a fear of divorce is one of the main reasons they hold back on getting married. It has long been speculated that... Read more

Proposed inheritance rights for cohabitants

The Law Commission has published its recommendations for changes to the law on intestacy and family provision claims on death, which include a proposal which would give inheritance rights to... Read more

Court rules on property rights for unmarried couples

In a decision that will have serious ramifications for over two million unmarried cohabiting couples throughout England and Wales, the supreme court has issued a judgment in the case of... Read more

Estranged wife wins appeal against her £4.4m divorce settlement

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the £4.4million divorce settlement awarded to Jennifer Grubb on the basis that there was no error in the original court judgment. Mrs... Read more

Review urges divorcing couples to avoid court

The family law review carried out by David Norgrove encourages couples to use 'do-it-yourself' models of divorce instead of going straight for the courts to work out divorce settlements, child... Read more

Divorcees over 50 challenged by new financial freedom

New research carried out by Tesco Bank suggests that people who divorce after the age of 50 are often forced to deal with financial independence for the first time in... Read more

Sir Paul McCartney to marry without prenuptial agreement

The Daily Mail has reported that Sir Paul McCartney has rejected fiancee Nancy Shevell's offer to sign a pre-nuptial agreement ahead of their wedding. Sir Paul had to pay a divorce... Read more

Lagrange could face record divorce settlement

Multi-millionaire hedge fund manager Pierre Lagrange, aged 49, could be facing a record divorce settlement, or certainly one of the most expensive in the UK to date, after he announced... Read more

Are celebrity infidelities lowering divorce levels?

New research suggests that more people in Northern Ireland are now prepared to forgive a partner who has been unfaithful, when in the past they may have insisted on a... Read more

Record divorce payout - £220m for 2yrs with husband

A British record divorce settlement has been awarded to the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch, after Galina Besharova, aged 52, was awarded an estimated £220million payout despite the couple only... Read more

Record divorce payout - £220m for 2yrs with husband

A British record divorce settlement has been awarded to the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch, after Galina Besharova, aged 52, was awarded an estimated £220million payout despite the couple... Read more

More couples seeking 'friendly' divorces

While the divorce rate in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK largely remains a constant, one thing that is beginning to change is how couples go about separating,... Read more

Amputee's compensation money added to divorce pot

A ruling by the Appeal Court could have a significant impact on how financial settlements in a divorce are calculated where one of the spouses has previously won a compensation... Read more

Separation Deed polls favoured over divorce

The Office for National Statistics has released a report showing a 6.4% decrease in the number of divorces in England and Wales since 2008, however, it would appear that it... Read more

Is it easier for a woman to ask for a pre-nup?

Prince William and Hugh Hefner are two wealthy males to recently say they would marry without a pre-nuptial agreement, though in the case of the latter, it wasn't enough to... Read more

Liz Hurley granted 92-second divorce

After 4 years of marriage it took just 92 seconds for a Liz Hurley to be granted a divorce by the judge at the High Court's Family division. Judge Penny Cushing... Read more

Surprise findings in US research on divorce children

New research on the effect of divorce on children has been published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, and suggests that children of a divorce suffer from poor... Read more

Judge says divorce laws are damaging

Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has spoken out of the need for a reform of the UKs divorce laws, accusing previous governments of "ducking" the issue, and allowing cohabiting relationships and... Read more

No prenuptial agreement for Prince William

Senior royal sources have confirmed that no legally binding prenuptial agreement was signed by Prince William and now-wife Kate Middleton. There was much speculation about whether Prince William would use a... Read more

Divorce case takes six months break to "cool off"

The £400million divorce battle between property dealer Scott Young and his wife Michelle has been acrimonious from the start, but after a week of particularly bitter exchanges the High Court... Read more

Family breakdowns at record levels says CSJ

A new report by the Centre for Social Justice  (CSJ) examining the UK family structure suggests that the number of family breakdowns has reached record levels. The report says that the... Read more

Speculation grows on prenup for Prince William

While the news is filled daily with speculation and rumour on the absurdest of details of the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, one perhaps more darker line... Read more

Russian divorce case could 'open floodgates'

The Appeal Court decision in a hearing concerning the divorce of a Russian couple could open the floodgates for divorce tourism that would make Britain the "divorce capital of the... Read more

Marriage levels at 100 year low

The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that marriage levels in England and Wales in 2009 fell to their lowest in over a century. For... Read more

Millionaire says divorce will leave him homeless

Millionaire Athelstan Whaley, aged 60, says the divorce settlement awarded to his wife of 21 years Belinda Whaley, aged 47, will leave him homeless, and will also require money held... Read more

Property disposal set aside in divorce proceedings

The Court of Appeal has set aside the sale of a £2million mansion by Russian oligarch Boris Agrest in ancillary relief proceedings, with the Court concluding that the sale was... Read more

Parents resist inheritance for children fearing divorce

New research by Rensburg Sheppards suggests that a third of parents are concerned about leaving an inheritance of money to children who are married, fearing that they might get divorced... Read more

Number of divorces at lowest since 1974

Data released by the Office for National Statistics reveals that the number of divorces in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level since 1974. Data is available up to... Read more

Judge calls for more rights for unmarried couples

Britain's most senior family judge, Sir Nicholas Wall, has called for new rights for unmarried co-habiting couples to deal with the distribution of assets when they split up. The judge... Read more

Amputee loses half of crash compensation in divorce

Amputee Kevin Mansfield, aged 41, has begun a landmark legal battle to stop his ex-wife from taking away half of his £500,000 crash compensation in their divorce. The sum was... Read more

Divorce blunder sees man fined for bigamy

A man who committed bigamy by marrying his fiancee of 5 years, despite still being married to his first wife, has said that he "didn't want to let his partner... Read more

Parents to agree on child maintenance themselves

The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) has published a consultation on child maintenance reforms that would see divorcing or separating parents reaching an agreement on maintenance arrangements themselves, or... Read more

Reforms could make pre-nups commonplace in UK

The Ministry of Justice is currently drawing up reforms that would allow couples to enter into legally binding pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements for the first time in Britain. The move... Read more

Government divorce calculator criticised

The government has launched an online divorce calculator that allows people to work out the divorce settlement they could receive if they leave their spouse. The tool has been widely... Read more

Wife wins £2.5m in 'Nazi gold ' divorce case

Christina Brandon, aged 62, has been granted a £2.5million divorce settlement in the much publicised case that saw her accuse her former husband Peter Brandon, aged 67, of hiding three... Read more

Half of parents split before kids are 16

A new report entitled 'Family Breakdown in the UK: it's not about divorce' says that half of all the children born in the UK today will see their parents separate... Read more

1 in 5 US divorces involves Facebook

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has released a new survey that says that one in five divorces in the US involve the social media website Facebook. As many as... Read more

Lottery winner forced to pay £2m to ex-wife

In yet another example of the complicated rules surrounding divorce settlements, a man who won £56million in the Euromillions lottery has been forced to give his ex-wife £2million of his... Read more

Mystery of vanishing gold bars in divorce case

The divorce of Peter and Christina Brandon could certainly not be described as typical, or boring for that matter - an estate largely built up from money going back to... Read more

US case uses Facebook to decide child custody

A child custody case in the US was decided in favour of the father after evidence of the mother's lifestyle was gathered from her profile on facebook. The case serves... Read more

Pre-nups and their implications for the UK

The Supreme Court ruling in the Radmacher divorce case has paved the way for pre-nuptial agreements to be recognised in English and Welsh courts. The move takes the UK one... Read more

Supreme Court rules pre-nup is binding

The Radmacher divorce case has been considered by solicitors as the first real test case to examine whether pre-nuptial agreements are applicable in English and Welsh law, and the Supreme... Read more

Divorcing parents to take child custody classes

A new scheme is being piloted in Surrey that requires separating parents to attend custody classes so they can appreciate the damage and distress caused to children during a divorce... Read more

Judge warns of using children as ammunition in divorce

President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir Nicholas Wall, has said that divorcing parents are guilty of causing damage to their children by using them as a... Read more

£400million divorce wife seeks housing benefit

A woman involved in a £400million divorce has applied for housing benefit as her estranged husband has not paid any of her £27,500 a month maintenance. The breakdown of the... Read more

Report says NI divorce rate one of many social ills

A new report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) entitled "Breakthrough Northern Ireland" has identified the rising divorce rate in the country as one of the 'five drivers of... Read more

Divorce case decision bars use of secretly obtained documents

A Court of Appeal divorce case judgement has overturned what is commonly referred to as the 'Hilderbrand rule' allowing the admission of secretly obtained documents in divorce proceedings to assess... Read more

Costliest marriage split in British legal history

Self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has been granted a preliminary divorce decree from his second wife, Galina Besharova, in what is likely to be the costliest marriage split in British... Read more

Rise in Prenuptial agreements among younger men

New research shows that there is a generational divide when it comes to whether or not get "prenups", with younger men being much more inclined to obtain an agreement to... Read more

Being married doesn't lower risk of separation

New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by the Nuffield Foundation, casts doubt on the government goal of promoting marriage in order to lower the rate of... Read more

Judge calls for common approach on parent relocation

Lord Justice Thorpe, Head of International family justice and a senior Court of Appeal judge, has called for an international convention to agree upon a common approach to cases involving... Read more

Report suggests divorce is contagious

A report by a group of researchers led by Dr Rose McDermott at Brown University in the US suggests that divorce can be contagious; with divorce up to 75% more... Read more

Ex-wife says ?5million divorce payout 'simply not enough'

The ex-wife of Gas tycoon Gareth Jones, aged 58, has launched a legal battle to overturn the £5million divorce payout awarded to her, saying it is "simply not enough". The Court... Read more

Divorce rates down overall but up among over 60s

While the British divorce rates are down overall to their lowest in 26 years, the amount of over-sixties couples going their separate ways has risen significantly. And just recently a... Read more

Tiger Woods' wife now seeking full custody of children

The divorce of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren is perhaps the highest profile separation for some years now, and the drama surrounding the proceedings seems set to continue with the... Read more

Ex-husband demands house returned after wife's fraud

  A man is trying to take his divorce proceedings back to court after he discovered that he is not the biological father of his 'daughter'. The man was not aware... Read more

Does more housework lower chance of divorce?

The London School of Economics and Political Science has carried out research which shows that divorce rates are lower in families where the husband is more involved with housework. The research... Read more

NI 'saw fewer divorces' in 2008

The number of divorces that occurred in Northern Ireland dropped to a lower level in 2008, new figures reveal.According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, there was a 4.8... Read more

Tycoon's Divorce case focuses on downloaded files

When Elizabeth Tchenguiz Imerman filed for divorce in 2008 from her husband Vivian Imerman, the Del Monte foods tycoon and former owner of the whisky distiller Whyte & Mackay, she... Read more

Solicitor assures no legal aid problem in Northern Ireland

Lenore Rice of Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast, Northern Ireland, confirmed that there "is no legal aid resources problem in Northern Ireland" like that being faced in England and Wales. Clients... Read more

Economic downturn 'hits divorces'

Many divorcing couples in the UK and Northern Ireland are holding off on reaching a financial settlement over their split until the economic downturn ends, it has been suggested.Research by... Read more

Report calls for divorce reforms

A new study from a Conservative think-tank has suggested that a "cooling-off" period should be introduced to stop couples from rushing into divorce.The Every Family Matters report from the Centre... Read more

Over 60s divorce rate above 13k annually

Divorce cases among people aged above 60 are rising in the recession, according to research from equity release trade body Ship, which shows women are coming off worse in such... Read more

Women's pensions to be hit in 2009

Women's pensions are expected to be hit hard this year as a £42 billion shortfall hits their retirement savings, new figures from Prudential show.According to the Prudential Class of 2009... Read more

Google Street View new divorce weapon?

Solicitors in Northern Ireland dealing with divorce and family law may soon be faced with a new phenomenon when dealing with divorce or separation cases, it has emerged.It is just... Read more

Renegotiated divorce cases thought to be on the rise

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may be seeing increased numbers of renegotiated divorce cases as the credit crunch has caused major changes in the finances of many ex-couples.The Daily Telegraph has... Read more

Marriage rates at record low

Solicitors in Northern Ireland can expect to see a slowdown in the number of divorces they deal with, as new figures have shown the rate of marriage is at an... Read more

Busy week for solicitors as divorce rush begins

Solicitors in Northern Ireland specialising in divorce are in for a barrage of new work, thanks to the combined effects of the ongoing credit crunch and the Christmas holidays, it... Read more

Couple divorces after virtual infidelity

In news that may be of interest to solicitors in Northern Ireland, a married couple has divorced after the husband was caught having an affair with a female in virtual... Read more

Divorce rates change depending on economic conditions

A new working paper has looked at the savings rates of families in Ireland before and after divorce was legalised 12 years ago - and has found that there was... Read more

Ireland's divorce rate on the up

The rate of divorce is growing in Ireland, according to a report, having increased by 70 per cent from 2002 to 2006.In news that may be of interest to solicitors,... Read more

Britain's divorce rate rises by 150 per cent

Figures published in the Sun have claimed that Britain's divorce rate has risen 150 per cent, with the credit crunch top of the blame list.According to the Sun, January usually... Read more

Divorced parents 'need to consider the children'

Divorced couples should ensure they are able to put their differences aside for important family gatherings such as weddings and graduations, a family solicitor has said.Writing on her law blog,... Read more

New divorce rights for Muslim women

Muslim women in the UK are to be given increased rights regarding divorce under Sharia law and negotiated between Islamic organisations and clerics.Women and men will be given more equal... 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

Charity launches anti-domestic violence campaign

Anti-domestic abuse charity Refuge has launched a campaign intended to warn people about the early warning signs of domestic abuse.Research from Refuge has shown 87 per cent of women were... Read more

Abusive-partner killers 'not murderers'

People who are driven to killing their abusive partners are not the same as murderers, according to a domestic violence victim writing in the Belfast Telegraph.Nicola Henry told the newspaper... 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

Mothers calling for more family justice centres

The mothers of three women who were killed by violent ex-partners are calling for the establishment of more family justice centres around Britain and Northern Ireland.Tricia Bernal claimed that her... Read more

Divorce set to go continental

Nine countries in the EU are poised to harmonise their divorce laws.It was a move which was meant to include all members of the union but only certain countries have... 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

'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

Legal changes ahead for domestic violence defence

The government has announced that the law governing women who kill their partners following periods of domestic violence is to change.Under legal changes, the defences for those women who are... 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

Legal changes ahead for domestic violence defence

The government has announced that the law governing women who kill their partners following periods of domestic violence is to change.Under legal changes, the defences for those women who are... 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

War 'causing divorce and domestic abuse'

Long deployments in war zones are causing disputes between partners and provoking domestic violence in the US, it has been claimed.According to divorce lawyers in the country, the phenomenon, which... Read more

War 'causing divorce and domestic abuse'

Long deployments in war zones are causing disputes between partners and provoking domestic violence in the US, it has been claimed.According to divorce lawyers in the country, the phenomenon, which... Read more

Settlements may be reassessed in light of crunch

The circumstances of the credit crunch may bring couples in Northern Ireland back to their solicitors to reassess financial settlements, the Times has reported.According to the newspaper, family law solicitor... Read more

Domestic violence conference to be held

Worldwide experts on domestic violence are to come to a conference at Europe's first Family Justice Centre in Croydon.The conference will take place on July 24th and 25th and will... 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

Dads "driven to distraction" over custody rights

Fathers in the UK and Northern Ireland are too concerned about not getting enough time with their children after a divorce, a family lawyer has claimed.According to Diane Benussi, fathers... 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

Civil partnership split warning

People considering entering into a civil partnership in Northern Ireland should consult solicitors and plan carefully before taking the vows, it has been advised.According to the Law Society, entering into... 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

Female domestic violence victims 'should not be jailed'

Prisons are not designed for women, who have mainly committed non-violent crimes, and who have often suffered domestic violence or sexual abuse, a group of charities has claimed.The group of... Read more

Parents 'need to communicate with children during divorce'

In the course of and after a divorce, parents and solicitors need to explain and communicate with any children, it has been claimed.Writing for Mondaq, solicitor Donal Quinn advised parents... 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

MPs recommend education on domestic violence

The all-party home affairs select committee has recommended that children in both primary and secondary school be taught about domestic violence and forced marriage.According to their report, the committee said... 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

'Increased confidence' for Northern Ireland's domestic violence sufferers

Domestic abuse sufferers in Northern Ireland are increasing in confidence and becoming more willing to come forward to the police, it has been claimed.Police domestic violence specialist Angela McBride told... Read more

Domestic violence in Northern Ireland 'endemic'

Northern Ireland faces an 'endemic' problem with domestic violence, it has been claimed.The Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched a campaign against the issue, after officers attended 6,400 cases... Read more

New anti-domestic violence campaign in Northern Ireland

A councillor in Buncrana has launched a campaign in a bid to wipe out domestic violence in the area, according to the Derry Journal.Darren Lalor has launched a postcard campaign... Read more

Police in Antrim offering support to victims of domestic violence

The police force in County Antrim is offering support to male and female victims of domestic violence, reports the Antrim Times.According to the paper, domestic violence officer for the Antrim... Read more

Domestic violence 'increased by smoking ban'

The smoking ban and cheap alcohol in supermarkets could be fuelling domestic violence, according to a British police chief.Chief Superintendent Peter White claims that the cheap price of alcohol in... Read more

Divorce rates increase with rise of "mid-thirties crisis"

The fast pace of modern life is leading to an increased number of people suffering a mid-life crisis in their thirties, otherwise known as a "thrisis", according to the Sunday... Read more

"Five-year itch" increases divorce rates

A leading scientist has said that the number of couples divorcing is on the increase, and many are unable to reach five years of marriage.American Professor Daniel Kahneman found in... 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

Suspicious spouses engage spies

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are seeing an increase in the number of clients who use private detectives to spy on the partner they are looking to divorce.According to... Read more

Brides in favour of contracts for bridesmaids

While solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are well versed in dissolving marriages where one partner has breached the contract, soon lawyers could see bridesmaids penalised for failing to fulfil... Read more

Absentee parents owe £71m

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have had to administrate record numbers of separations and divorces in the past year, and as such more maintenance payments for children have been... Read more

Northern Ireland sees D-Day

January 8th saw a record number of couples getting divorced, with solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland coping with their busiest day of the year for partners splitting up.Solicitors in... 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

Domestic violence packs a bigger punch

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have to deal with more cases of domestic violence than ever - and the problem is becoming so large that increasing numbers of women... 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

Share-to-buy 'a lifeline' for divorcees

Solicitors in Northern Ireland who help in divorce cases may see the same clients returning for share-to-buy house purchases, as the trend increases among those who would otherwise struggle to... Read more

New child maintenance system looks promising

The latest figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show early signs that the new system of securing child maintenance payments may be working.With an increase in population,... 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

More divorce in Northern Ireland

While the number of divorces in England and Wales dropped by 6.5 per cent in 2006, solicitors in Northern Ireland had to deal with nine per cent more divorces last... Read more

Children could benefit from cohabitee laws

Solicitors have said that children of unmarried couples who separate could benefit from proposed changes to the law, which would allow cohabitees in Britain and Northern Ireland similar legal status... 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

Children should be in on proceedings

Lord Justice Wilson, a senior judge in family law who sits in the Court of Appeal, has said that children should be included in legal proceedings so they can understand... Read more

Partners get 'divorcee' rights

Cohabiters who separate are due to be granted similar rights to married couples who divorce, according to the Times.The new plans, which will be published next month, will mean that... Read more

DWP to enforce maintenance payments

With solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland having to deal with an ever-increasing number of divorces, new legislation may mean that separated parents do not have to chase each other... Read more

More people waiting to get wed

People in Northern Ireland are getting married older, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.While in 1996 only 28 per cent of brides were aged thirty or... Read more

Improvements to custody service that is failing fathers

Judges are being given new powers to impose community service orders and fines when contact orders are breached by resident parents in custody cases.From October 2007 the new legislation will... Read more

Solicitors seeing more unusual cases

Around two million people seek legal advice a year and although some cases will always be in a solicitor's daily remit, people are increasingly seeking advice for more unusual matters.According... 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

Splits cause pressure on housing market

High divorce statistics and reduced marriage rates mean that an increasing number of people are living alone, adding pressure to prices in the housing market, according to the latest reports.Mortgage... Read more

'No fault' divorces mooted

Solicitors in the UK are calling for the development of no fault liability in divorce cases.A lawyers' group has suggested that a 'no fault' divorce system should be introduced into... 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