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  Prenups And The Perils Of Love At First Sight  

Even if they’re not exactly to our personal taste, it’s impossible to deny the success of romantic novels. Over more than a century, for instance, the various titles published by the best known British imprint, Mills and Boon, have racked up many hundreds of millions of sales. The plots have been derided as formulaic and […]

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  Grapes Of Wrath: Divorce, Family Business And ‘Brangelina’  

Regular readers of this ‘blog will occasionally have heard myself or my Hall Brown colleagues refer to how most divorces are concluded amicably. There are, of course, cases which demonstrate how some separating couples find it difficult to end their marriages without rancour. Even spouses who find the administration of divorce – the issuing of […]

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  Splits And Spirits: The Perils Of An Identikit Divorce  

During 2019, there were 108,421 divorces in England and Wales: the vast majority of them involving opposite sex couples (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/divorce/bulletins/divorcesinenglandandwales/2019). That figure marked a considerable increase (18.4 per cent) on the number of divorces the year before. The reason, revealed the Office for National Statistics, was due to the 18 regional divorce centres dotted around […]

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  The Family Court, Priorities And Penalties  

The family court system in England and Wales is busy throughout the year. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice in June revealed that some 264,091 cases of all kinds started during the course of 2020 (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021/family-court-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021#children-act—public-law). Even allowing for the decision to prioritise certain types of cases because of the Covid pandemic, that still […]

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  Been There, Done That: Dr Dre And The Language Of Divorce  

The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw famously once observed that the US and UK were “two nations divided by a common language”. He was, of course, referring to the fact that English is the principal language of both countries, yet there are many words which mean different things depending on which side of the Atlantic […]

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