Property developer, 83, given 14-month sentence for refusing to obey company handover order
A wealthy property developer has been jailed for 14 months for contempt of court in relation to his divorce settlement.
John Hart, 83, was ordered to hand over £3.5m of his £9.4m wealth to his ex-wife, former flight attendant Karen Hart, as well as his shares in company Drakestown Properties Limited – two estates of industrial units in the West Midlands.
When couples break up either one can be 100% liable for money owed
After Jennifer Davis* tried to shut down the joint account she shared with her former partner, she got a rather nasty surprise. Her other half had taken out £2,500 without her knowledge before they had split up, and the bank demanded repayment before allowing the account to be closed, saying that both of them were liable for the debt.
Her experience illustrates a persistent problem highlighted by financial experts around contentious relationship breakdowns – that women disproportionately suffer more when dealing with joint finances.
‘Did you really just get back in touch randomly after my parents divorced? I don’t buy it’: the letter you always wanted to write
Let’s face it, this is pretty awkward. You’re the same age as my partner and look like you should be going out with him instead of my dad. I sometimes wonder what people make of this curious foursome when we go out. What do they think the connections are? Father, daughter, son and his wife? Dad with three kids? I find it excruciating.
I’m not sure I’ll ever understand why an attractive, successful and smart woman in her 30s is going out with my slightly dumpy, definitely not-as-funny-as-he-thinks-he-is dad? Are you into older men? Was it that he was married? Or did you just get on really well?
However, we are concerned that having recognised the ubiquitous nature of this issue – with one in 10 of the 11 million children under 16 in the UK being exposed to potentially damaging levels of conflict between parental couples – the green paper proposes addressing the issue solely in workless households, through the Department for Work and Pensions.
Pair accused of losing touch with reality after spending third of £6.6m wealth on case so far
A divorce battle between a couple who have spent almost £2m on lawyers’ fees while fighting over assets worth £6.6m at most, has been described as a “scandalous waste of court time” by a judge.
Barbara Cooke, 58, and Michael Parker, 55, an estranged couple who run a firm that supplies luxury bathrobes and towels to upmarket hotels and spas, had “completely lost touch with reality”, said Mr Justice Holman.
I’m in a dilemma as to whether to go for the house, which I would rent out and then use the income to buy another property
Q I am hopefully divorcing in the new year and am in a dilemma as to what to have in the divorce settlement. We own our house, have no mortgage or other debts, and have savings and pensions and two grown-up children who don’t live at home.
My dilemma is, do I go for the house which I would want to rent out and then use the income to buy another property? Can this be done? I earn a very low income so I’m looking to try and earn money from the house. Or do I go for half the value of the house, all savings and husband’s pension and hopefully with the proceeds buy a house to live in and a house to rent? What is the best option? LL
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