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Posted 20 July 2017
by Tracy Lambert

Divorce and Finances

Consultation to de-link financial applications from divorce

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the rules surrounding applications for financial remedy.

The amendments are intended to enable the de-linking of financial applications from divorce or dissolution proceedings, so that it will no longer be possible to make an application for financial orders within a divorce or dissolution petition.

The consultation closes on 8th September 2017.

6 in 10 separating couples go straight to Court

Following a Freedom of Information Request to National Family Mediation, figures have revealed that in 2016 over 60% of separating couples ignored the requirement for there to be a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting prior to Court proceedings being initiated.

Divorces fell in 2015

The Office for National Statistics has published figures for the number of divorces, dissolutions and annulments in 2015. Compared to 2014 there was a drop of over 9%. In comparison to 2003 when divorces hit a peak, this represents a decline of 34%

Pension inequality ended for same-sex couples

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that same-sex spouses should receive the same spousal benefits as opposite-sex spouses in relation to benefits paid into pension funds before December 2005.
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About the author

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

Partner based in Exeter's family team