The High Court set out the principles that should apply when sharing family property in a divorce settlement. The case involved a couple who had been married for 33 years and had three adult children, who were independent. Both the wife and the husband had been independently wealthy before the marriage. The wife had non-matrimonial
Kirsty qualified as a solicitor in 2002 having trained and qualified with Machins.
Kirsty continued to practice as a family law solicitor working for a number of firms in the Manchester and Cheshire area before returning to Machins.
Specialist practice areas
- Divorce, dissolution and separation following marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation
- Financial arrangements following breakdown of a relationship including financial orders and deeds of separation
- Financial cases where there is high net worth, foreign assets or businesses or complex financial arrangements
- Arrangements between parents or grandparents regarding children
- Domestic abuse
- Cohabitation disputes
- Children’s matters
- Pre/postnuptial agreements
- Private Children Act cases including internal and external relocation, residence/contact and prohibited steps
- Family law
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Latest news by Kirsty Bowers
A husband who was struggling financially has been denied permission to appeal against a financial remedies order because he was 15 months out of time. The case involved a couple who divorced in 2016. The husband was a managing director and shareholder of two companies. In July 2018, following a three-day hearing, the judge held
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a child should be returned to her father in France rather than remain with her mother in England. It said that even though she had only lived in the country for a few weeks, it had become her habitual place of residence. The case involved a family that
The Family Court has divided a divorcing couple’s marital assets in roughly equal shares, although they had spent so much on their acrimonious dispute that there was very little money left. The couple had been married for nearly 22 years and had three children before separating and embarking on financial remedy proceedings. There had been
Mixed-sex couples can now enter into civil partnerships if they wish as an alternative to marriage. The new right came into effect on December 31 last year under the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019. Completing the legislation was one of the last actions of the government before the December election. Civil
A husband has failed to prevent a property held in his mother’s name being included in his wife’s divorce settlement. The couple had married in 2002 but separated in 2014, having lived in rented property throughout their marriage. The wife issued financial remedy proceedings and by the time of trial, a property in Panama was