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Divorce Hearings, Publicity And Privacy

Date: March 9th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Many couples wish to keep their financial affairs private during the divorce process. When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt found themselves on the receiving end of negative publicity they quickly engaged a private judge to deal with all aspects of their divorce – away from the media spotlight. This option is not usually open… Read the full article

Is There A Best Place To Divorce?  

Date: March 5th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  If you are caught up in the uncertainty created by marital breakdown you might think nowhere is a ‘good’ place to divorce. But many people go to great lengths to have their divorces settled in London. Recently the decree absolute was issued in Chai v Peng, better known perhaps as the Laura Ashley divorce… Read the full article

2017 In The Family Courts: Is Change On The Way?

Date: January 23rd, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The family courts are under pressure. Figures from the Ministry of Justice for the period April to June 2016 showed an increase of 10 per cent in the number of family cases compared to the same period the year before. Unsurprisingly the time it takes for courts to finalise financial remedy claims is rising… Read the full article

The EU/UK Divorce: Will Brexit Affect Your Divorce Settlement?

Date: January 18th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  With the New Year well underway, Article 50 and Brexit are on everyone’s lips. As specialist family lawyers with a significant number of international clients, we were contemplating the impact of Brexit long before the referendum in June last year. Since the vote we have been weighing up the result. Presently there are EU… Read the full article

Sharland And Gohil Revisited – What Happens When One Spouse Hides Assets

Date: December 21st, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A year has passed since two women, Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil won the right in the Supreme Court to have their divorce settlements reopened. Both discovered their husbands had misrepresented their position at the time of the original financial agreements. You can read a summary of the cases here. We are often involved… Read the full article

Dividing Your Foreign Pension – Why English Courts Won’t Order A Split

Date: December 14th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Pensions have a crucial impact on negotiations for financial settlements on divorce. Stock market volatility and the well-publicised underfunding of global pension schemes mean the value of a pension can change rapidly. Overseas pensions can add further complexity. All of this makes assessment of pensions for divorce settlements difficult. Why Treat Foreign Pensions Differently… Read the full article

International Residence Orders – Children Always Come First

Date: December 6th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Many of the divorces we deal with have an international aspect. The issue of child residence sometimes becomes more complicated when parents live in different countries. This is particularly the case when one or both parents have entrenched views on where the child should live. Tabloid coverage throughout 2016 of the dispute between Madonna… Read the full article

Cohabitees: Numbers Increase But Legal Position Still Weak

Date: December 1st, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Earlier this month the Office for National Statistics published its annual report into current trends in living arrangements in the UK. One of the more startling revelations was the continued increase in the number of people who live together without getting married. Between 1996 and 2016 the number of cohabiting couples more than doubled… Read the full article

Divorcing couples ignoring mediation

Date: November 8th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The Solicitors Journal recently reported that only one in five couples currently seek mediation before filing for divorce. Figures obtained by National Family Mediation have revealed that out of 17,548 divorce applications in the first three months of 2016, only 3,855 couples sought mediation first in the form of a mediation information and assessment… Read the full article

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