LGFL Director Rita Gupta gives her views on some interesting divorce and family law stories.
Is 19 years too late to claim financial remedies?
14. iv. There is a public interest in disseminating the fact that these parties have, in the end, been able to reach a negotiated settlement without a trial. Given the ambitious objectives of each party along the way (their open positions, widely publicised, pitched them £2m apart), and the heavily contested litigation to the Supreme Court and back to the High Court, the public should know that compromise is achievable – and I may add highly desirable – even at a late stage of such a hard-fought case.
New TV series on mediation
The judgement comes at a very opportune moment, as a new tv series, “Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator” features the work of the National Family Mediation (NFM) services. This fly-on-the-wall documentary series focuses on couples trying to reach agreement on issues we see here at LGFL time and time again. These include child care and access arrangements, division of assets, and issues raised by co-habiting couples owning property together. It’s heartening to see that the programme quotes the success rate for mediation in these kinds of cases at 89%.
MPs object to rise in court fees
“Where there is conflict between the objectives of achieving cost recovery and preserving access to justice, the latter objective must prevail… It cannot be right that a person bringing a divorce petition, in most cases a woman, is subject to what has been characterised in evidence to us as effectively a divorce tax. We recommend that the increase in the divorce petition fee to £550 be rescinded.”
However, this rise seems almost reasonable compared with the proposed cost for asylum and immigration tribunal oral hearings, which are set to rise a massive 600% from £140 to £800. Whatever the final decision on the charges, it’s clear that court fees are generally on the rise. Therefore it’s even more important to seek proper legal advice before rushing into any court action. This makes our free 30-minute consultation for clients based in a 50 mile radius of our LGFL family lawyers offices near Reading a sound financial decision.