Proportionality – the name of the game in divorce

Year Published: 2013

Sometimes it can be the small things in life which are important, but when it comes to arguing who should have what in a divorce, it is vital that couples do not become embroiled in arguments over minor issues. Contents can often be a bone of contention however, in court, it is very apparent that judges do not want to hear arguments over who is going to have the deep fat fryer! In a recent case, when there were arguments over the valuation of a yacht and a number of cars, the judge clearly said as follows:

“The small differences (as a proportion of the pot) and the value of the less important assets does not merit the time (and costs) spent on them. As the rules now make it clear, proportionality is the name of the game when costs are so high and the court time is more and more at a premium”.

Couples therefore need realistic and pragmatic advice from solicitors, otherwise, couples are more likely to spend time going round and round in circles.

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