Divorce and Family

Why Miley Cyrus was wise to force Liam Hemsworth to sign a pre-nup


Another celebrity marriage, another divorce. This one involves singer Miley Cyrus and Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth who have split just seven months after tying the knot. The couple are said to expect an “easy breezy” divorce, mainly due to the pre-nuptial agreement they entered into ahead of the wedding. In this blog, I look at some of the benefits of pre-nups.

Divorce and Family

6 practical steps to take immediately if you are getting divorced


It’s a sad fact of life that a holiday can be one of the biggest triggers of relationship breakdown. As a result, there’s usually a spike in divorces at the end of every summer. The question most people in this situation ask is, “What do I do now?” In this blog, I look at some of the practical steps you should take if you are planning to get divorced.

Divorce and Family

Will new pensions guide result in fairer divorce settlements?


Pensions are often a divorcing couple’s biggest financial asset, worth even more than the family home. But how they are dealt on divorce has been a source of confusion for lawyers and judges for many years. The recent publication of 'A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce' by the Pension Advisory Group should demystify this area and, it is hoped, result in fairer financial settlements.

Divorce and Family

Father ordered to pay more child support despite losing contact with his son against his wishes


A father has been ordered to pay more child support after contact arrangements between him and his son broke down. In this blog, I look at the recent case of EA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and SA and its impact on child maintenance payments.

Divorce and Family

Divorce jargon buster


It’s not unusual for clients to leave their divorce lawyer’s office somewhat bewildered. The legal process can be hard to get to grips with and it isn’t helped by having to learn what can seem like a whole new language. With this in mind, we’ve put together a divorce jargon buster.

Divorce and Family

To avoid fighting like cats and dogs, should you enter into a “pet-nuptial” agreement?


Some of the fiercest battles I have seen in divorce cases over the years haven’t been over the cars, the house or even the children, they’ve been about who keeps the family pet. Given the emotional toll of being parted from your favorite animal – or as some clients describe them, their “hairy babies” – should you enter into a “pet-nuptial” agreement in case you and your spouse get divorced?

Divorce and Family

What happens if your ex-husband or wife lies about their financial position on divorce?


The recent decision in Thum v Thum is a reminder that both parties must give full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances in any financial dispute on divorce. In this blog, I look at the law in general relating to such disclosure and the decision in the Thum case.

Divorce and Family

Wife entitled to make financial claim on divorce despite receiving $16m on judicial separation


A wealthy businessman applied to strike out his wife’s claim for financial relief on divorce on the basis that it was vexatious, duplicitous and she had received $16m under a prior judicial settlement. His application failed. In this blog, I look at the reasons for the decision.

Divorce and Family

No-fault divorce law to go ahead


The government has confirmed plans to introduce no-fault divorce. No date for this has been set as the new law will be passed as and when parliamentary time becomes available. (This could take some time bearing in mind the continuing Brexit shenanigans.)

Residential Conveyancing

Tax tribunal decision is good news for residential developers


It’s been a difficult start to the year for many residential property developers, but a recent tax tribunal offers a small ray of sunshine.