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BREAKING: Wyatt v Vince – Supreme Court refuses to strike out financial relief claim 19 years after Decree Absolute

On 11 March the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal to hold that it was wrong to strike out an application for financial provision made 19 years after Decree Absolute had been pronounced. Although the decision focused on the jurisdiction of a family court to strike out financial applications, the Supreme Court also commented on situations where there has been substantial delay in bringing such an application but the applicant has been ultimately successful in achieving a substantial award.

David Sawtell has written a short newsletter outlining his initial comments on this important decision, which is now making national news.

Wyatt v Vince Supreme Court decision March 2015

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