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  Apocalypse How?  

Regular readers of this ‘blog will recall how, a fortnight ago, one of my colleagues wrote about the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce. Claire Reid described how, despite much anticipation of the biggest divorce reform in half a century, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was only designed to make the process of obtaining divorce […]

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  Health And Happiness: The Impact Of Relationships  

A quick flick through the pages of the national newspapers demonstrates that it can sometimes be all too tempting for commentators to resort to generalities. However, if there’s one thing which being a family lawyer has taught me, it’s that few things are ever as simple or straightforward as they first appear. Over decades, we […]

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  The Practicalities Of Divorce  

I reckon that very few people ever start something by thinking that they won’t finish. Who, for instance, accepts a job knowing that they won’t enjoy it? How many people would book a holiday that they believe will be a wash-out? It’s the same with a relationship. When people marry or enter into a civil […]

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  The Practicalities Of Divorce  

I reckon that very few people ever start something by thinking that they won’t finish. Who, for instance, accepts a job knowing that they won’t enjoy it? How many people would book a holiday that they believe will be a wash-out? It’s the same with a relationship. When people marry or enter into a civil […]

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  Equal Partnerships: The Consequences Of Choice  

We live in a time when change seems to be the only constant. In less than two years, the coronavirus pandemic has overturned many of the accepted wisdoms about how we live, work and interact with others. However, just a few months before the world was placed into lockdown, another significant development occurred which continued […]

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  Marital Contracts, Commerce And Complications  

Britain has long been known for its entrepreneurial spirit. According to a briefing paper issued by the House of Commons’ Library in January, there were some six million businesses in the UK during 2020 – an increase of 112,700 on the year before (https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06152/). Anecdotal evidence suggests that, instead of blunting that commercial edge, lockdown […]

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  Accessories And Arguments  

Being a family lawyer enables you to observe or track patterns of behaviour within the country’s homes, often long before they become more prominent. It gives an indication of what’s happening in households across England and Wales: what the priorities for parents and their children really are. After all, it’s possible to glance at the […]

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  Divorce, Delay And The Economy  

Even in the most amicable of relationships, the breakdown of a marriage can be a time of significant tension. Once the decision has been made – by one spouse or both – that divorce is the only option, there is often a commitment to dealing with the process as simply and as swiftly as possible. […]

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  Civil Partnerships, Priorities and Clarity  

The pace at which family life in this country is changing shows no sign of slowing down. I’m not just talking about the number of marriages in England and Wales falling by 40 per cent drop over the last five decades, despite the population rising by one-fifth over the same period. Nor am simply I […]

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  Need Trumps All: Divorce And The Short Marriage  

It’s a fact that divorce is a more frequent feature of modern life than in previous generations. Even if we take into account a gradual decline over the last quarter of a century in the number of couples who end their marriages this way, the 91,299 divorces in England and Wales during 2018 still represented […]

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