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New rules to encourage out of court resolution

New rules to encourage out of court resolution

The benefits of resolving family disputes outside the court room hardly need stating. Non-court dispute resolution, as it has become known, is (amongst other things) quicker, cheaper, and far less stressful. Yet despite those benefits many couples still choose to go...

Gifting asset impacts wife’s award

Gifting asset impacts wife’s award

It is not unusual that a party to a financial remedy application on divorce may claim that the other party has purposely dissipated assets, with the aim of reducing the amount that the party making the claim will receive. If such a claim is successful it will be taken...

Can I get costs back in my children case?

Can I get costs back in my children case?

It goes without saying that contested court proceedings can be extremely expensive, and proceedings between parents regarding arrangements for their children is no exception to that rule. So is there any way that you can recover your costs from the other party in a...

Adding back – how should spent assets be dealt with on divorce

Adding back – how should spent assets be dealt with on divorce

Usually the primary issue in most financial remedy cases is how the pot of matrimonial assets should be divided between the parties. But what if, as is not uncommon, one of the parties has dissipated assets, thereby reducing the amount available for division, and...