In Mills v Mills  UKSC 38, the Supreme Court has allowed a husband’s appeal against an order, secured in the Court of Appeal, which increased the level of his periodical payments so as to cover her shortfall between existing periodical payments and her current needs. Hazel Wright, partner in the family department at Lincoln’s Inn firm…
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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