Inheritance disputes from beyond the grave The decision to exhume Salvador Dalí’s remains this year marked a new chapter in the lengths individuals will go to in establishing an inheritance claim. The exhumation was to determine whether Pilar Abel was his daughter and could therefore make a claim to be his legal heir. A DNA…
The unmarried family is more common than ever before, and its breakdown presents the same complex array of issues requiring resolution as if a couple were married.
A crucial difference, however, is that, where couples are unmarried, there is at present no provision in English law under which one party can obtain financial support from the other in their own right: such support has to form part of orders made for the benefit of the children of the family. Disputes about the division of property have to be resolved under the principles of trust law.
This means that people, often when at their most vulnerable both emotionally and financially, are faced with a daunting and complex series of steps to take to resolve financial issues with their former partner.
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