Importance of finalising financial orders on divorce

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The Supreme Court has today unanimously allowed the appeal in Vince v Wyatt [2015] UKSC 14. It ruled that the wife’s claim against her former husband who is a green energy multi-millionaire, was not an abuse of process and should not be struck out, despite being issued some 19 years after they divorced.

Effectively a green light has been given today by the Supreme Court to any couples who did not complete a financial order at the time of divorce, to now bring a claim against their former spouse regardless of how long ago they divorced.

Matthew Aves, head of the Family Law Unit at Warners, said: “The case highlights the importance of ensuring that all financial matters are finalised at the time of divorce.”

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