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What Impact will COVID-19 have on Divorce or Child-share Arrangements?

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Coronavirus has halted the plans of everyone on a global level – and legal disputes are no exception. However, not everybody may realise that courts remain open during COVID-19, allowing you to receive the advice and support you need for divorce and family law matters. In this article, the expert family lawyers here at Goodwins Family Law Solicitors will be exploring how couples in isolation or quarantine can proceed with married life, divorce and child custody issues at this difficult time.  Overview of the situation While the whole world stays at home, coronavirus is undoubtedly putting pressure on families across the…

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A Guide to Supporting Someone Going Through a Divorce

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Helping someone through their divorce can bring hope and optimism at a time of sorrow. If you’re a friend, relative or even an employer, you may wish to lend your support.  Sometimes this can be easier said than done. Divorce cases are complex and it’s not always easy to predict how someone will react to a helping hand. You might feel apprehensive in case you do or say the wrong thing. There is always something you can do to help. This guide will offer advice and tips on how to support someone through a divorce, from before the start of the…

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How Can Health and Chronic Illness Impact a Marriage?

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Studies have found that chronic illness plays a significant role in the breakdown of a marriage. Statistics show that 75% of marriages afflicted with chronic illness end in divorce. And in a further dissection of these statistics, Dr. Amelia Karraker concluded that the risk of marital dissolution was affected by which of the two spouses fell ill. This article will explain Dr Amelia Karraker’s study and her findings, as well as offer explanations for why chronic illness raises the divorce rate when experienced by a particular gender. The study A report in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour analysed the…

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COVID-19 Update

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In light of the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d like to reassure our clients that the courts remain open and we are continuing to work on our cases.  As a firm, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff and of everybody we work with, including our clients, contacts and suppliers. After monitoring the situation closely, we have introduced new measures to meet with government advice. Some of our staff will be working remotely. All face-to-face meetings have been cancelled and have been replaced by either Skype meetings or telephone calls. All our staff have been…

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News: Why is the UK Divorce Rate on the Decline?

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The latest UK divorce rate figures show that there were 90,871 divorces of heterosexual partners in 2018 — a decline of 10.6% from the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the lowest number of UK divorces for 50 years.  What might have caused this drop? And should we expect such a decline to continue? This article will explore why the UK divorce rate has plummeted to its lowest level for half a century.   Divorce in the current day Many people have admitted to feeling ‘stunned’ upon hearing how many marriages end in divorce. Official…

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Government to Review Divorce Laws in England and Wales – 2018

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Following the recent publicity following the Supreme Court verdict of the Owens vs Owens case, the government has revealed initial plans to consider reforming divorce laws in England and Wales. The potential changes, which many have called for during and proceeding Ms. Owen’s failed appeals to the courts, revolve around introducing a ‘no blame’ route to divorce, in order to minimise hostility during the divorce process.   Background of Owens vs Owens Tini Owens originally filed for divorce from her husband, Hugh Owens, on the grounds that their marriage had irretrievably broken down. Her petition included examples of Hugh’s behaviour which,…

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News: Online Divorce Application Launched in England and Wales – 2018

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For married couples considering a divorce, the process may have become far easier as a result of an all-online divorce application recently launched across England and Wales. The scheme was originally piloted last year, and the results have shown enough promise to earn a full rollout. In this article, we’re looking deeper at the online application process and what it means for those who are thinking about applying for a divorce in England or Wales.   What is the digital divorce application process? Introduced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the online process has been built to provide a clear, concise…

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News: Divorce Rates By Country (Infographic)

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In this article, we’re looking at divorce rates both in the UK and across the globe. Using findings made available by the Office for National Statistics, we have put together an easy-to-follow infographic highlighting the divorce trends around the world. Here, we look into things with more depth. View full sized infographic UK Between 2015 and 2016, divorce rates for the UK rose for the first time in seven years – with 107,071 divorces recorded in 2016. In 2015, divorce rates in the UK equated to 1.9 per 1,000 inhabitants. It’s important to remember that, on a global scale, the UK…

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The impact of Relationship Breakdown on Children During the Christmas Period

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No matter when it happens, divorce is a stressful, emotional and scary time for the children of separating parents. Children, especially young ones will be unaware of the nuances and idiosyncrasies of marriage, so when their parents’ marriage breaks down, it is likely to totally blindside them. Although Christmas is often considered the most favourite time of year amongst children, the impact of a divorce can prevent their enjoyment over the festive period. In this piece, we’re going to detail how divorced parents can help make Christmas as enjoyable as possible for their children.     Custody at Christmas Depending on…

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News: 2010 vs 2016 – How families and households are changing in the UK?

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A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted ways in which UK ‘family types’ are changing, in particular that the number of unmarried, cohabiting couples is continuing to rise. The survey encompassed 18.9 million families, and a number of the statistics are detailed in this handy infographic from Goodwins Family Law Solicitors.   All Families The total number of families has increased to 18.9 million from 18.1 million in 2010, an increase of over 800,000. ‘Family’, in this instance, is defined by Webster’s Law Dictionary as “a group of individuals who share ties of blood, marriage or adoption;…

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