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02 Oct 2020 Threat of No Deal Brexit is causing divorce settlements to be lowered

The threat of a No Deal Brexit is now being used to reduce the value of some larger divorce settlements.

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26 Aug 2020 ‘Unnecessary’ delay in no fault divorces

The 20-week minimum period for handling new no fault divorces risks slowing the process “unnecessarily”, a law firm has said.

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24 Aug 2020 Amount of time taken for “paper-based” divorce jumps to over 15 months

A paper-based divorce application took 66.5 weeks on average to complete* in the first quarter of 2020.

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28 Feb 2020 Does Sir Martin Sorrell have a pre-nup this time?

Lady Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, the wife of advertising tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell has announced she is seeking a divorce from her husband.

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27 Jan 2020 Is this the end of ‘quickie’ divorces?

The days of a quickie divorce are numbered – if you want to name and shame, it’s time to get your divorce in.

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09 Jan 2020 The end of ‘quickie divorces’ as new divorce legislation is proposed

Legislation on divorce reform published today (January 8 2020) contains a hidden bombshell that would lengthen the minimum time that a divorce can take.

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03 Jan 2020 Shopping Around?

The parties in Potanin v Potanina were Russian nationals. They married in 1983, separated in 2007 and were divorced in Russia in 2014.

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13 Aug 2019 Protecting business from a divorce – what steps to take?

A divorce can force businesses to break up, with painful consequences not just for the parties directly involved.

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16 Nov 2018 Rights for unmarried couples—benefits and pensions

Emily Brand, partner, and Genevieve Smith, an associate at Boodle Hatfield, consider the ‘archaic’ nature of the law, and the Supreme Court’s decision to award an unmarried woman access to bereavement allowance after the death of her partner.

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25 Apr 2018 How ‘uncertain assets’ complicate divorce

Complex, speculative assets are increasingly common in family finances, making divorce settlements a legal minefield, especially for the less well-off spouse, writes Family Partner, Emily Brand.

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