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What happens if my ex stops paying spousal maintenance?

I have previously written a number of blogs about the tricky subject of spousal maintenance.  In the main I have addressed what the court looks at when considering when to make a spousal maintenance order. However, what happens when you are successful in obtaining a court order for spousal maintenance but the person ordered to

Committal proceedings – effective or a risky-game?

Here at Family Law Partners, we try to facilitate settlement out of court wherever possible. However, without disclosure by both parties, this simply isn’t possible. Similarly, without disclosure, a Judge is unlikely to order a financial settlement, as they would not know whether the settlement properly reflects the assets held between the parties. So, what

Please Sir may I have some more?

The Supreme Court has granted a former husband’s appeal in the case of Mills v Mills.  This case focussed on cross applications to vary a spousal maintenance order made in 2002 when Mr and Mrs Mills divorced. Mr and Mrs had been married for around 15 years and following their divorce they were able to

Length of marriage and divorce

How does length of marriage affect your financial divorce settlement? When it comes to dividing money and property after a divorce a number of different things are taken into account.  This criteria is set out in Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and includes what financial resources are available to each party; their

Separation and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Eleanor Ward, Solicitor at Legal Matters, joins us as a guest blogger to explain  ‘Separation and Lasting Powers of Attorney’ – what a Lasting Power of Attorney means, and the impact if you divorce or separate.  Writing a Will is rarely at the top of anyone’s to do list. To be honest, it often isn’t

Do you need to divorce proof your business?

It goes without saying that most businesses have insurance and contingencies plans in place should the worst happen, but can business owners be doing more to protect their company in the event their marriage breaks down? A company may be your most valuable and prized asset, yet do you fully appreciate the financial risk a potential

Mediation and the role of financial advisors

Mediation has become an established approach of family lawyers to relationship breakdown – be it divorce, dissolution of a civil partnership, or separation between cohabiting couples.  Many family lawyers also belong to Resolution, the foremost association for family lawyers and family justice professionals, which has a pronounced preference for avoiding conflict wherever possible, and provides a simple but

Who pays the mortgage when going through divorce?

As well as dealing with the different emotions people experience when going through divorce, there are extremely important practical decisions to be made. One of the very first questions many people ask when they come to their family lawyer is who will pay the mortgage during the divorce process. Who is responsible for a mortgage

Spousal maintenance cases – where are we now?

Following on from my two popular blogs on spousal maintenance, I thought it would be helpful to provide an update as to where we are now given some time has passed since they were written. Well, not an awful lot has changed following the guidance produced by the Law Commission’s recommendations made within the Matrimonial