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Divorce in the headlines

5th May, 2015

Rarely does divorce hit the headlines! It’s such a common occurrence that it usually only happens when the likes of Paul McCartney get divorced. However, two cases have recently featured in the national press due.

Sandy Edwards, Associate Solicitor at Shropshire law firm Aaron & Partners says: “The reason why these cases have caught the attention of the media is that in both instances the divorce happened years ago.”

The first case involves Ms Wyatt and “Wind Tycoon” Mr Vince. Ms Wyatt recently appealed a decision to strike out her application for a lump sum made more than 20 years after the divorce. Over the years since their divorce Mr Vince has amassed a multi million pound fortune arising out of his wind energy business.

Sandy says: “Whilst it remains to be seen what financial package Ms Wyatt will actually get, the fact that the Court has allowed her appeal is a wake up call to all those who did not achieve a financial clean break when they got divorced.”

The second case involves Mr and Mrs Wright and Mrs Wright’s unsuccessful application for permission to appeal against a gradual reduction and ultimate termination of life long maintenance. Here, the Judge said that once a child is in Year Two at school (aged 6 – 7 years old) “most mothers can consider part- time work consistent with their obligation to their children”.

Both these cases reinforce the need to get good legal advice at the outset of a separation, but they also illustrate that there might be an opportunity to revisit the provision made for a husband or wife in terms of ongoing maintenance.

Sandy cautions: “Do not stop paying the agreed child maintenance as you could find yourself in Contempt of Court and potentially on the receiving end of an expensive application to enforce. If you do want to consider changing your current arrangements you should seek legal advice from a family law expert who will advise you on the best cause of action.”

Sandy is a member of Resolution and is collaboratively trained. She can offer a free initial 30 minute appointment at the firm’s Shrewsbury office at Abbey Lawn, and is happy to discuss any aspect of family law.

Sandy can be contacted on 01743 453689 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Sandy Edwards

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