A ruling was made yesterday on Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton’s financial settlement, but we don’t as yet know the outcome.
Media access to Family Court rulings has been widely discussed this year. Should the media be allowed to publish judgments? How transparent should UK courts be? Should celebrities be able to maintain their privacy in divorce cases?
Slater and Gordon family law solicitor Jonathan Casey commented on the developments in a blog, which asked: Can the Media Publish or Comment on Divorce Judgments?
This debate looks set to continue as Gallagher and Appleton’s lawyers will be arguing over what parts of the ruling will be made public.
The singers, formerly of Oasis and All Saints fame, provided financial disclosure to help the Judge decide on a ruling for their financial settlement on divorce on the basis that the proceedings would take place in private.
Both Liam and Nicole attended the hearing in October, but neither were present at yesterday’s hearing. Although attendance was not compulsory, Mr Gallagher has a history of not attending court hearings. Liam faced penalties for not attending a U.S. hearing regarding child support for his youngest child earlier this year.
Liam Gallagher has had several children with different women. This is, in fact, the reason why Nicole Appleton was granted a divorce in just 68 seconds. Mr Gallagher did not contest the petition that applied for divorce on the grounds of adultery. It has been widely reported that while the couple was married Liam fathered a child with American Journalist Liza Ghorbani.
Whilst the details surrounding the couple’s marriage breakdown might be public knowledge, we may never know Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton’s Finances on Divorce. The ruling on what the press will be allowed to report in this case could have implications on what the media can write about Family Court judgments in the future in this country.
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