“Deeply dishonest” husband criticised by Judge for contesting divorce

The November 2018 case of VW v BH (Contested Divorce Proceedings) [2018] EWFC B68 in which a Respondent husband sought to contest divorce proceedings issued by his wife – even though he had admitted committing adultery throughout their 22 year marriage – was branded “extraordinary” and an “awful case” by the presiding Judge. Her Honour…


Child Maintenance – Proposals for Reform

Ever since the introduction of a system to collect child maintenance payments, initially under the scheme known as the Child Support Agency (or CSA), there has been a problem with the enforcement of these payments. After 2013 all new applicants were transferred to a new scheme, the CMS (or Child Maintenance Service), with the hope…


Divorce – Is it time for a change?

Resolution’s “Good Divorce Week” (w/c 26 November 2018) seems an opportune time to discuss the current divorce process and to ask whether it is still a good fit in today’s modern society. Resolution is an organisation of family lawyers who are committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. Their stance is that “fault…


Top 3 Family Law Solicitor in Enfield!

Curwen’s are delighted that Vijaya Sumputh, Family Law Specialist, has been voted for the second time as one of the top 3 family law solicitors in Enfield, London. The listing is for providing consistent high quality service in this area. The review team used a 50-point inspection which includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints,…


Sister imprisoned for breaching Court Order in Family proceedings

The November 2018 case of Hart v Hart* took an interesting turn when the sister of one of the primary parties was handed a three month custodial sentence. The issues stemmed from her brother’s divorce and subsequent financial remedies matter which produced a financial remedy order (or Consent Order). The terms of this order stated…


The Myth of the Common Law Spouse

No legal myth or oft repeated “bar-room legal terminology” is so habitually repeated and has persisted for so long as the “common law” spouse. The main premise of this myth is that cohabiting couples who have lived together for a number of years will transform into common law husbands and common law wives with all…


Curwens presents a FREE Separation and Divorce seminar

THURSDAY 19TH JULY 2018 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, SOUTHGATE Curwens LLP will be hosting a professional and practical informal seminar to address the major issues associated with a separation or a divorce. Are you thinking about a separation or a divorce but have a million questions about the divorce process? If so, why…


Royston in Blue charity run

Curwens Royston staff will be joining a sea of blue this Sunday 24th June 2018. The 5k multi-terrain fun run across Therfield Heath is in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. If you would like to sponsor our team please follow the link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/curwens


What does the court consider when deciding your financial needs on divorce?

When determining the division of assets during financial proceedings, the courts assess the present and future needs of both parties as part of their considerations under section 25 of Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. In high value cases, the parties’ equal shares of the capital will commonly cover and provide for their respective needs. In lower…