An increasing amount of more prosperous divorcing spouses in the UK are avoiding the delays in British divorce courts by choosing to settle their case privately explains The Voice of Russia UK.
According to Voice of Russia, some British attorneys believe that the Family Court system is turning into a two-tier system, with different rules for the rich and poor, similar to UK’s health care system where the UK National Health Service provides free medical services to the masses but the wealthy can opt out to hire private doctorss.
Last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the coalition government cut legal aid for divorce. Consequently many people who were unable to afford private attorneys began to act as their own lawyers, which lead to severe delays in the court system. Clients who have the funds to afford a private attorney have greater control over the time, place and even the judge who deals with their case.
It seems the UK is closer than ever before to making prenuptial agreements legal.
There have been two different stories in the press this first week of February 2014:
Firstly, that the Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements paper is due be presented to the Justice Secretary prior to before Parliament.
The news comes as Family Law Week reports that this week the UK Courts enforced a prenuptial agreement that was being challenged by a wife seeking to overrule the agreement, however the Court decided after a careful review of the agreement, that it should be upheld, moving away from the more traditional stance of English courts in putting prenuptial agreements to one side.
However, it is unlikely this will become officially law until after the General Election which is due to take place next year.
In a Thailand prenuptial agreement, individuals can specify the properties involved and separate them into two categories joint property and individual property. Couples can also specify how finances will be managed during the marriage.
A foreign politician has started divorce proceedings in the UK courts against his fourth wife according to The Telegraph.
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Even at this early stage, proceedings have got nasty and the pair have argued bitterly over spousal support, meaning a judge has been asked to rule even before the first initial hearing which is due to take place in February.
Thailand divorce attorney, Jiraporn Thongpong says, “the case highlights that different jurisdictions may have different rules and laws on marriage and divorce and if you are getting a divorce from a country different to the one where you married, you would be wise to take legal advice from a law firm who have international experience in divorce cases”.
Following high profile cases involving English celebrities Nicole Appleton/Liam Gallagher and Charles Sataatchi/Nigella Lawson, more and more couples are now considering entering into a pet prenuptial agreement to resolve who retains custody of pets in the event of a split reports The Telegraph.
As pets are considered “property” of the couple they can form part of a prenuptial agreement, unlike child custody which is considered a separate issue. However many couples often think of pets as being like children, and this can in fact be one of the most stressful things to decide when a relationship breaks down, with 1/5 couples reporting it is as stressful as deciding child custody arrangements.
Stories of more and more couples in courts fighting over access rights to the pet are becoming more common place, and some are demanding maintenance for their pampered pooch.
A Thailand prenuptial agreement is null and void unless it is officially registered in Thailand before the marriage. In the US and other western countries, it is generally a private agreement between parties and is not registered with the government.
The Independent reports that a woman in the UK has tried to unsuccessfully sue two firms of solicitors claiming that they had failed to warn her that divorcing her husband would terminate her marriage. She argued that the two law firms failed to take into consideration her Roman Catholic faith and should have advised her to have a judicial separation as an alternative solution.
Perhaps understandably her appeal failed.
In Thailand divorce law there are two types of divorce: a court divorce and an administrative divorce registered through the government’s District Office.