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Judges will award favourably if dating is disclosed

Attempts to conceal relationships following a divorce will hinder the court’s financial assessment, explains Marilyn Stowe

15 October 2014

On the face of it,
AB v CD was a relatively uncomplicated divorce hearing. The couple had been married for nine years and together for 13. They started a business together and adopted a child. They spent time renovating a property given to them by the husband’s parents. Granted there were some unusual aspects – the husband’s wealthy farming family and the fact that the couple separated
in the middle of an adoption process, with the result that the husband ended up adopting
the child alone.

However, Justice Mostyn, while calculating the wife’s financial settlement, took her new relationship into consideration
in his ruling. But he did not tell women to avoid dating before divorce – he simply noted that such relationships have implications for settlements, phrasing this observation with
an ornate cla...

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