Divorce in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Travers v Holley
    • Court of Appeal
    • 14 Jul 1953

    It must suroly be that what entitles an English Court to assume jurisdiction must be equally effective in the case of a foreign Court.

  • Edgar v Edgar
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 23 Jul 1980

    Important too is the general proposition that, formal agreements, properly and fairly arrived at with competent legal advice, should not be displaced unless there are good and substantial grounds for concluding that an injustice will be done by holding the parties to the terms of their agreement.

  • Barder v Caluori
    • House of Lords
    • 20 May 1987

    The first condition is that new events have occurred since the making of the order which invalidate the basis, or fundamental assumption, upon which the order was made, so that, if leave to appeal out of time were to be given, the appeal would be certain, or very likely, to succeed. The second condition is that the new events should have occurred within a relatively short time of the order having been made.

  • Hyman v Hyman
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Apr 1929

    However this may be, it is sufficient for the decision of the present case to hold, as I do, that the power of the Court to make provision for a wife on the dissolution of her marriage is a necessary incident of the power to decree such a dissolution, conferred not merely in the interests of the wife, but of the public, and that the wife cannot by her own covenant preclude herself from invoking the jurisdiction of the Court or preclude the Court from the exercise of that jurisdiction.

  • Trippas v Trippas
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 15 Feb 1973

    If this marriage had continued, it is plain that the wife had a good, chance of receiving a financial benefit on the sale of the business. Just as the two sons received £5,000 each, she might have received something. The husband might well have felt it proper to settle on his wife a substantial sum out of the very large sum which he was receiving. Now that there has been a divorce, she should be compensated for the loss of that chance.

  • MacLeod v MacLeod
    • Privy Council
    • 17 Dec 2008

    The Board would also agree that the circumstances in which the agreement was made may be relevant in an ancillary relief claim. Family relationships are not like straightforward commercial relationships. We must assume that each party to a properly negotiated agreement is a grown up and able to look after him- or herself. At the same time we must be alive to the risk of unfair exploitation of superior strength.

  • Minton v Minton
    • House of Lords
    • 23 Nov 1978

    There are two principles which inform the modern legislation. One is the public interest that spouses, to the extent that their means permit, should provide for themselves and their children. The law now encourages spouses to avoid bitterness after family break-down and to settle their money and property problems. An object of the modern law is to encourage each to put the past behind them and to begin a new life which is not overshadowed by the relationship which has broken down.

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