25 September 2012 by

Married lawyers blow most of £3 million fortune on divorce

Judge Clive Million, sitting at London’s Civil Appeal Court last week, criticised two lawyers, Anna-Marie Harvey Kavanagh and her ex-husband Giles Kavanagh, for squandering most of their multimillion-pound fortune fighting each other through the divorce courts. The couple lived in a £3.2 million property until they separated in 2008 after ten years of marriage. After more than five years of disputes over money and their three children, the couple have reportedly spent nearly £900,000 in legal costs and are left with just over £90,000 between them. The couple were in court last week for a final time when Mrs Kavanagh’s request for a rise in the £48,000-a-year maintenance she receives from her former husband was refused.

13 September 2012 by

“Dig up Down Under”

It was recently reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that a man was forced to dig up his parents’ ashes after the Family Court in Australia ordered his former wife retain the family farm as part of the divorce settlement. The husband had to demolish the memorial garden he had established, which included removing headstones over buried urns containing his parents’ ashes.

21 September 2012 by

Help for young victims of domestic violence

The official definition of domestic violence is to be changed from March 2013. This follows the publication of responses to a government consultation on this issue.

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