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Will this “blizzard of litigation” make history?: Potanina v Potanin [2021] EWCA Civ 702

Background   The parties married in Russia in 1983, where they lived throughout their married life. They had three children.   The parties were not well off when they met, but H accumula...

No dice without Decree Nisi: J v J (Non-Recognition of Overseas Divorce) [2021] EWFC 43.

Background   Peel J (‘the judge’) dealt with a raft of applications made by the Applicant Wife (‘W’) against the Respondent Husband (‘H’) including, inter alia, for W’s English divorce suit to b...

Was it worth the Thwaite?: Kicinski v Pardi [2021] EWHC 499 (Fam)

Facts Ms Kicinski ("W") and Mr Pardi ("H") married in 1991 and had two adult children. W was a German national, and H had dual Italian and US nationality. A significant part of this protracted piece...

The ‘folly’ of litigating ‘about where to litigate’: C (A Child) [2021] EWFC 32

Facts   This case concerned a preliminary jurisdictional argument in relation to a substantive application for financial provision under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989. Since the applicatio...

AS v CS (Private FDR) [2021] EWFC 34

Background On 20 May 2020, Mostyn J ordered that the parties’ first appointment would be dealt with by arbitration on 2 July 2020. He also made a mandatory order that a private FDR would take place...

CB v EB [2020] EWFC 72

Continuity is king: CB v EB [2020] EWFC 72 Facts This was an application by CB (‘the husband’) to set aside two consent orders from 2010 and 2013, which was opposed by EB (‘the wife’). The i...

V v W [2020] EWFC 84

Can you disclose the transcript of an FDR? V v W [2020] EWFC 84 Facts In her suit for divorce, Ms W applied for financial relief. In March 2018, Roberts J made an order for the instruction o...

IC v RC [2020] EWHC 2997 (Fam)

A slip in time saves dimes: IC v RC [2020] EWHC 2997 (Fam) Facts The appellant husband (‘H’) sought to appeal orders made in respect of his liability to make periodical payments to the responden...

Re Z (Schedule 1: Legal Costs Funding Order; Interim Financial Provision) [2020] EWFC 80

Great (and unrealistic) expectations: Re Z (Schedule 1: Legal Costs Funding Order; Interim Financial Provision) [2020] EWFC 80 Facts This case concerned a mother’s (“M”) application for interim...

Rattan v Kuwad [2021] EWCA Civ 1

How to Qualify ‘Immediate’ in Applications for Maintenance Pending Suit: Rattan v Kuwad [2021] EWCA Civ 1 Facts Amita Rattan (‘W’) and Tushar Kuwad (‘H’) separated in March 2019 following a ten-...

AZ v FM (Rev 1) [2021] EWFC 2

Capitalising child maintenance: AZ v FM (Rev 1) [2021] EWFC 2 Facts This case concerned a husband’s (“H”) appeal against the dismissal of his application for a variation of child maintenance pay...

Crowther v Crowther & Ors [2020] EWHC 3555 (Fam)

Litigation on a lee shore: Crowther v Crowther & Ors [2020] EWHC 3555 (Fam) Facts The Husband (‘H’) sought a costs order on the indemnity basis against his Wife (‘W’) in respect of prelimina...

AG v VD [2021] EWFC 9

Substantial Connections and Inadequate Provision: AG v VD [2021] EWFC 9 Facts AG ("W") and VD ("H") began cohabiting in 2009 before marrying in Russia in August 2010. W (51) had a daughter, aged...

R v R [2021] EWHC 195 (Fam)

Maintenance in the time of Corona: R v R [2021] EWHC 195 (Fam) Facts This hearing was one of many hearings in this matter. The judge, Nicholas Cusworth QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge)...