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The Concept of ‘Special Contribution’ in Divorce…

The latest ‘celebrity’ divorce to hit the newspapers is that of footballer Ryan Giggs and his wife, Stacey.  The millions of pounds amassed during parties’ relationship on account of Giggs’ successful footballing career place this divorce into the very high…

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The Thorny Issue of Spousal Maintenance…

In any financial application which comes before the Court, the presiding Judge is obliged by law to consider the appropriateness of a ‘clean break’ being achieved between the parties: should there be an immediate severance of financial inter-dependence between the…

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The Treatment of Short Marriages: How Long is Short?

Ask a family lawyer what constitutes a ‘short’ marriage in divorce terms and these days the answer might be longer than expected! In the case of Mr and Mrs Miller which went all the way to the House of Lords…

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Whose Fault is it Anyway?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a spouse in possession of an unhappy marriage must not be in want of a divorce….or so thought the family law profession. At the time of their separation in February 2015, Tini and…

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Prenups – worth their weight in gold?

Over recent years, we’ve seen a huge surge of interest in prenuptial agreements that allow couples to decide in advance how they would divide their assets if they separate. English courts already recognise that prenuptial agreements should be enforceable under…

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Advice for a long lasting relationship

When looking for advice on how to maintain a loving and happy relationship, divorce lawyers may not be the obvious choice. However, we probably know better than most how to avoid a breakdown in your relationship. With years of experience…

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Family court chaos on the horizon

The use of family arbitration and mediation is set to become even more important following the Government’s announcement that it intends to close 86 courts across England and Wales. The controversial court closures are part of the Ministry of Justice’s…

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Spousal Abandonment Syndrome

As covered by The Times and The Daily Mail, while the divorce rate is at its lowest level for 40 years there is a growing trend in what the US have dubbed “Spousal Abandonment Syndrome”, where the husband or wife leaves…

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When does conduct count?

Lake Legal acted for the husband in a case where the judge criticised an estranged wife for running up excessive legal and accountancy costs of over £620,000 in a divorce case. In total the couple ran up costs of £980,000 over…

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Double Top Tier

The firm was delighted to hear that it has once again been ranked in the top tier in the two leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. This has come after a busy year for the firm, with…

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