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  • A freezing order on a property was due to be reconsidered. It had been made in favour of Mrs Chaudhri following default in the payment of a lump sum. Mostyn J found that the applicant had twice failed to pursue her claim in relation to the property, and it would be a manifest abuse were a claim now to be allowed to be mounted and protected by a freezing injunction. The freezing order on the property was discharged, but the worldwide freezing order made earlier would remain in force and be transferred to the Family Court. Any further applications for freezing relief should be made to the same Family Court and heard only at High Court judge level. Judgment, 31/05/2019, free
  • The wife applied for financial remedies, having had a freezing order granted on some of the husband's funds. The husband had instructed solicitors but failed to engage in proceedings, and after he was found to lack capacity to litigate the Official Solicitor was appointed. Moor J rejected the wife's case for a second home in London, but came to the conclusion that an appropriate budget was £175,000 per year for the rest of her life, making for an overall award of over £7 million. She was also awarded five additional maintenance payments to reflect that she would be kept out of her money for five years. Judgment, 20/05/2019, free
  • MacDonald J initially concluded that the judge's award exceeded the wife's housing need. However, following the circulation of his draft judgment, his attention was drawn to a significant material omission in the figures that had underpinned those conclusions, and he decided that the manner in which the judge chose to structure the disposition was not after all wrong, and the husband's appeal was dismissed. Judgment, 10/04/2019, free
  • The wealthy husband, a citizen of Oman, had divorced his wife there by means of unilateral talaq and financially "pulled up the drawbridge", leaving the wife resident in the UK with large debts. Holman J made an order on a clean break basis, with the husband ordered to pay the wife a total sum of £24m. Judgment, 09/04/2019, free
  • The International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance 2007) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 News, 14/09/2018, free

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