New amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill providing greater protections for victims are bing announced. The proposals include making non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, punishable by up to five years in prison. The act typically involves an abuser strangling or intentionally affecting their victim’s breathing in an attempt to control or intimidate them. Today’s
Citizens Advice has warned that the coronavirus is creating an “enormous strain” on relationships. Citizens Advice said divorce guidance searches had increased since April after a drop in visits when lockdown started. Citizens Advice said views on its divorce webpage on the first September weekend had risen by 25% in comparison to the same date
A wealthy Russian businessman and his ex-wife continue to be embroiled in a divorce battle years after telling a judge they had settled their differences over his fortune. Arkady Rotenberg and his ex-wife Natalia began disputing money in 2014. Mr Justice Moor oversaw private hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London and Court
Proposed changes to outdated wedding laws will mean that couples could soon be free to get married on the beach, in a private garden or at sea. Furthermore, the Law Commission has suggested marriages could even be celebrated remotely over a video conference link, if another pandemic were to break out. The consultation on changing
The Court of Appeal has revealed a family case involving allegations of controlling and coercive behaviour came before at least 15 judges. According to the Law Gazette, in R v P (Children: Similar Fact Evidence), the court set aside a case management decision to exclude evidence in family proceedings ahead of a fact-finding hearing. The Law
The coronavirus could lead to married couples who were contemplating divorce to putting off proceedings, according to a new survey. A YouGov poll of more than 1,000 adults across the UK were asked whether the virus outbreak would influence their decision to divorce their partner. 28 per cent said they would be less likely to pursue divorce
A London trader embroiled in his divorced parents’ high-profile battle over money must explain what happened to around £13 million his billionaire father gave him in the past 20 months, a High Court judge said. Temur Akhmedov’s mother, Tatiana Akhmedova, is fighting for nearly £450 million that she is owed by his father, Farkhad Akhmedov.
Former Watford MP Richard Harrington has failed in a bid to keep a family court judge’s ruling on a money dispute with his ex-wife from becoming public. Judge Anne Hudd, who analysed the case in the Central Family Court in London, concluded the findings she made when deliberating the dispute between Richard Harrington and estranged
Sir Chris Hohn has been ordered to pay £270m to a charity setup by his ex-wife. The supreme court ordered Hohn to hand the money to his ex-wife Jamie Cooper’s charity, Big Win Philanthropy. The dispute over the charity cash came about after the couple’s acrimonious divorce in 2014. Hohn was ordered to pay
A family judge is to be replaced in a case after being overheard on a Zoom call making comments about the mother in a care proceedings hearing. According to The Law Gazette, Mrs Justice Judd had initially refused an application that she recuse herself from continuing to hear proceedings in respect of the 16-month-old boy.