Article Category: Insight & Opinion

D-day for troubled marriages: January 12, 2009

D-day for thousands of strained relationships and marriages will be January 12, 2009. All the signs are there for more break ups than ever before, say family solicitors at Cheshire’s biggest law firm, SAS Daniels LLP – and the first Monday after children return to school is looking set to be a busy one for… Read more »

Divorce on the rocks

You may have read in the papers recently about the couple who have spent over £1.7 million pounds on their divorce battle? See The Guardian / The Observer article here. The judge criticised them and described them as having driven their marriage ‘full tilt on the rocks’. They spent almost all their assets on court litigation and were… Read more »

Non-matrimonial property – is it yours to keep?

How do you feel about property that you acquired prior to marriage? Are you prepared to share this upon separation or do you believe it is yours forever? This is a question which you should give careful consideration to as it could have a huge impact on your future. There is a common misconception that… Read more »

Can I exclude someone from my will?

In this country we have ‘testamentary freedom’. In other words we are supposed to be able to make the will we want to and leave our estates to whom we choose. However, the law is not that straightforward. For example, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, certain classes of persons can… Read more »

Religious tradition no defence against maintenance payments

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Muslim doctor who ignored an order to pay his former wife maintenance could not rely on Muslim tradition to free him of his financial responsibilities. The doctor claimed that maintenance payments were not appropriate on the basis of Islamic culture. In Muslim societies there is often an… Read more »

Offender’s descendants no longer disqualified from inheriting

Prior to the 1st February 2012, if an individual had made the decision to give up their inheritance or was automatically disqualified from receiving the inheritance, this meant that the individual’s descendants were also unable to benefit from the legacy. The rule of forfeiture, which still applies, holds that an offender should not benefit from… Read more »