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  • Draft Domestic Abuse Bill published Draft Bill build on views sought from a consultation in 2018 and will introduce a statutory definition of domestic abuse for the first time News, 21/01/2019, free
  • ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81 Judgment in financial remedy proceedings. The final order awarded the wife greater share of the assets, the inequality partly attributable to the wife's debilitating illness and consequent reduced earning capacity. Costs were at least £1.1m which drew some criticism from Franics J at [2-3]. Judgment, 17/01/2019, free
  • K (A child : Hague Child Abduction Convention) [2018] EWHC 2406 (Fam) Application by mother for summary return of her child to Turkey under the Hague Child Abduction Convention. The father's attempted defence of acquiescence on the part of the mother was rejected and an order for return made. Judgment, 17/01/2019, free
  • Understanding Expert Pension Reports Recording of webinar broadcast 18th January 2019 Webcast, 14/01/2019, members only
  • Consultation on further reform of child maintenance enforcement powers Consultation runs until 11th February Article, 14/01/2019, free
  • AR v JR [2018] EWHC 3626 (Fam) Application that the wife's application for financial remedies be struck out on the basis that it was (a), vexatious, and/or duplicative and/or (b), on the basis there had been prior compromise. Application dismissed. Judgment, 09/01/2019, free
  • Mr Justice Moor becomes Family Division liaison judge for Thames Valley Appointment took effect from 1 January 2019 News, 03/01/2019, free
  • Martin v Martin [2018] EWCA Civ 2866 Wife appealed and husband cross-appealed against a financial remedy order where the issues of principle raised related to the manner in which the court applied the sharing principle. They can be summarised as follows: (a) What approach should the court take to the valuation of shares in a private company when determining how to divide the marital wealth; and (b) What approach should the court take when determining what part of the parties' current wealth is properly to be defined as non-marital in circumstances where that wealth includes shares in a private company which was founded by a spouse prior to the date when the parties married or started living together. Judgment, 30/12/2018, free
  • Brack v Brack [2018] EWCA Civ 2862 Appeal by wife against decision of the judge to make an award based on needs where he felt 'straight-jacketed' by the existence of a valid pre-nuptial agreement. Judgment, 24/12/2018, free
  • Quan v Bray & Ors [2018] EWHC 3558 (Fam) In this long running case in which the husband (who was described by Mr Justice Mostyn as 'dishonest, manipulative, arrogant, menacing and contemptuous of the court's authority') had failed to disclose financial information related to a trust, a periodical payments order was made in favour of the wife and her capital claims were adjourned. Judgment, 21/12/2018, free

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