From the micro the macro, there are countless reasons why a marriage might break down. When it comes to divorce petitions however, the complexities of life are distilled into five grounds for divorce: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, separation for a period of two years or separation for a period of five years (in this instance, your... Read More
New figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal a sharp rise in the total number of divorces between opposite-sex couples in 2019. Compared to the previous year, in which 90,781 opposite-sex couples divorced, 2019 saw 107,599 couples dissolve their marriage, an increase of 18.4 per cent. This annual increase is the... Read More
With time running out for the UK to agree a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, the prospect of no-deal is becoming increasingly likely. The UK’s future relationship with the European Union will have a significant impact across the board, and family law is no exception. So what are the implications for divorce if the UK does not agree... Read More
Divorce, inevitably, is a time of change. Yet, when it comes to the financial aspects of divorce, the courts try to retain stability: indeed, until it was superseded in 1984, the Matrimonial Causes Act instructed the court to “place the parties…in the financial position in which they had been if the marriage had not broken... Read More
Despite the closeness of Scotland and England geographically, the two countries adopt very different approaches when it comes to the issue of financial maintenance on divorce. In England, lifetime maintenance is not unusual whereas in Scotland a “clean break” is strongly encouraged and so maintenance awards exceeding three years are... Read More
Lockdown has forced everyone to change the way they live their lives and divorcing couples are no exception. With many countries around the world reporting a rise in divorce petitions once lockdown measures are eased, divorcing couples have had to change tactics and approaches. Cooped up with their partner and without the usual... Read More
With lockdown restrictions becoming increasingly effective in tackling the spread of COVID-19, attention has turned to re-opening parts of the economy which had previously been frozen. In early May, it was announced that the property market would be one of the first market segments to re-open, provided that strict social distancing... Read More
Will the re-opening of the property market affect divorce rates? Emma Gill, Director of Divorce and Family Law and head of our Manchester office, offered her opinion on BBC Radio 4's World at One. Read More
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