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COVID-19 Update – 25/03/2020

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 All face-to-face meetings have been cancelled and have been replaced by either Skype meetings or telephone calls.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

Piercing the corporate veil: Prest vs Petrodel

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)

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

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?

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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News: Divorce Rates at Their Lowest Due to Rise in Cohabitation Before Marriage

Studies have suggested that younger couples who get married are more likely to stay together, due to the increase in couples living together before marriage. In years gone by, it was sometimes referred to as ‘living in sin’, but in modern times, sharing a home before getting married has helped to strengthen unions and help couples last past the infamous ‘seven year itch’.   The Office for National Statistics released figures that show 130,473 couples divorced across the UK in 2013, which is a 3% decline from the previous year. Overall, the divorce rate fell to 9.8 per 1,000 married men…

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News: The Data of Divorce – Latest Divorce Statistics for England & Wales 2015

Divorce statistics change year on year, with fluctuations occurring in varying degrees of severity. We’ve created this infographic to help give you a clearer understanding of the trends in divorce, as well as comparing them to the previous 10 years’ statistics. The most recent statistics, released in December 2015, account for divorces in 2013 only. View full sized infographic   What is a divorce rate? The divorce rate is the way of measuring the amount of divorces in a country. It is the amount of divorces per 1,000 of the population. What is the divorce rate in England? The divorce rate in…

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News: Theresa May Announces Sharia Law Review – July 2016

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that there will be a review of Sharia Law and the ways in which it is applied in England and Wales. The review is planned as part of the counter-extremism strategy, and it will be overseen by a panel appointed by the Home Office. The Home Office has said there is evidence that some Sharia councils are working “in a discriminatory and unacceptable way, attempting to legitimise forced marriage and/or issuing divorces that are unfair to women”. The panel that is overseeing the review will be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic…

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