The new chair of the Law commission is Justice Numby (notably in my mind who made a great precedent on non married couples that being Numby(N) a child).
I don''t know how to do links but the article about this was in Tuesdays Daily Telegraph and made the front page. It was by Martin Beckford Home Affairs Editor.
Basically it is saying that properties pre marriage, inheritance should not be taken into account in divorce settlements. It goes into much more than that but basically that is already covered under section 25 of thre matrimonial causes act, what was bought into the marriage, the contribution likely to be made by either party, any children, the ages of both parties and so on and so forth.
To me that is very good news as people should not take advantage of marital status taking claiming money in either a short, medium or long term marriage but then again neither should children of a marriage be disadvantaged, either as a reckless parent chooses to take previous assets or potential new assets and then squander them post divorce.
The acticle talks about a 3 year battle by Patricia Jones which went to the Supreme court, a hairdresser from Essex who fought for three years against a county court ruling that her former husband was entitled to half of the value of the house they shared nearly 20 years ago.
If anyone can post up the link that would be great otherwize I will go to the effort of typing out by hand the article in full.
Times in family proceedings are moving very fast not least as it points out in the article that legal aid is being removed from family dispute - no wonder as my appeals in family were numbered in thousands where as the one appeal I made in chancery was well below that.
Family proceedings take up way too much court time. The role of the Law commission is to simplify the law in a non contentious political way.
Anyone who wants to understand more about the law commission can google Mr Justice Sales and Lord Justice Etherton. You will come across there an interview by Mr Justice Sales to Lord Justice Etherton - LJE was the previous chair of the law commission before handing over office to Mr Justice Numby.