What the future may hold for separating couples with a trust
We look at the Law Commission's recent recommendations for changing how property is divided at the end of a relationship.
The recent decision of the High Court of England and Wales in JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev  EWHC 2426 (Ch) has wide reaching implications for New Zealand trust law and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.
Who gets to keep the pooch? When a relationship ends it's often difficult for couples to decide who should keep the family pet.
A large number of relationships still follow the ‘traditional’ practice of having one party act as the ‘homemaker’, while the other acts as the ‘breadwinner’- so what happens if the relationship breaks up?
When your spouse or partner dies you will need to make a very important decision between your entitlements under their will and potential claims against their estate...
The implications of the Clayton case a year on - has it really exposed trusts in relationship property situations? >
Trusts can sometimes be used to protect assets from future claims by a former spouse or de facto partner. Trustees need to be cautious... >