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Moor J's judgment in middle income divorce reported

'Needs' case highlights the difficulties of achieving satisfactory outcomes in middle income disputes

A v L, reported by Family Law Week, provides an interesting and uncommon example of a High Court judgment in a financial remedy case in which the parties' assets are relatively modest.

In this case which Moor J described as 'a very difficult case because no outcome is in the least bit satisfactory', the judge, allowing an appeal from a decision of the district judge, imposed a clean break order and justified a departure from equality on the basis of the parties' respective needs. 

The judgment in this case, which it is suggested more accurately reflects the caseload of most matrimonial lawyers than those usually reported, offers some useful guidance as to the resolution of intractable middle income 'needs' disputes.