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Here you will find thought-provoking articles on all things divorce, including case news, legal developments and celebrity settlements. Known for our international outlook, we cover the most significant stories from both the UK and overseas so you will always get the bigger picture.

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Case analysis: Villiers v Villiers

Despite the closeness of Scotland and England geographically, the two countries adopt very... Read More

Divorce law to be reformed for first time in nearly 50 years

The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, confirmed last week that no-fault divorce was to be... Read More

Courts announce crackdown on 'parental alienation'

Parents could have access to their children restricted if they try to turn them against their... Read More


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Case analysis Villiers v Villiers

Case analysis: Villiers v Villiers

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 quite rare. An English court is therefore likely to be far more generous than their Scottish counterpart when it comes to the question of... Read More

Emma Gill explores the creative ways divorcing couples are getting in touch

Emma Gill explores the creative ways divorcing couples are getting in touch

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 opportunities for solitude, individuals have had to resort to a creative use of technology to able to communicate securely. Speaking to The... Read More

Property and divorce Emma Gill speaks to the World at One

Property and divorce: Emma Gill speaks to the World at One

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 guidelines were still followed. Immediately following this announcement, Emma Gill, head of Vardags’ Manchester office and director of... Read More

Emma Gill speaks to the World at One about divorce rates and re-opening the property market

Emma Gill speaks to the World at One about divorce rates and re-opening the property market

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. You can listen to the segment from 26:15.   Read More

Divorce law to be reformed for first time in nearly 50 years

Divorce law to be reformed for first time in nearly 50 years

The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, confirmed last week that no-fault divorce was to be introduced into law. The reforms, set to be introduced in the next session of Parliament, are expected to allow couples to submit joint petitions stating that their marriage has irretrievably broken down, removing the need for one partner to prove that the other has behaved unreasonably to secure permission from a judge to divorce. The announcement followed successful lobbying from Ayesha... Read More

A step by step guide to getting divorced

A step by step guide to getting divorced

Often before people pick up the phone and call a divorce lawyer they will have ruminated over it for months or even years. Everyone’s journey to that point is different. Some clients will consult a lawyer and then wait a period before filing for divorce, others will mend their marriage before they ever do. But typically that call is the first step in the divorce process. Once you have made that difficult decision what immediately follows is largely procedural. The lawyer you instruct will... Read More

News sandwiching and public holiday publicity how to time a celebrity divorce announcement

News sandwiching and public holiday publicity: how to time a celebrity divorce announcement

On Monday, September 26 2016 at 7:02 p.m. EST, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts announced they were getting divorced. Just two hours later the first presidential debate was aired. News of the divorce trickled slowly out with the distracted media too engrossed in Trump and Clinton crossing horns to pay the couple any mind. It was no accident. Gwen Stefani announced her separation from Gavin Rossdale on a Monday in August 2015 giving the media all working week to build steam. Her career swung back... Read More

Corner-stone decision in the Italian Court of Cassation for spousal maintenance a matter of principles

Corner-stone decision in the Italian Court of Cassation for spousal maintenance: a matter of principles

The latest Italian Embassy survey estimated that more than 500,000 Italians currently live in England and Wales. It follows, therefore, that the number of divorces involving the Italian jurisdiction have risen significantly in recent years, and English lawyers are increasingly facing the alternative of filing a divorce petition in Italy rather than in UK, accordingly to the more convenient forum for the client. It can often be difficult to explain the differences to clients between the two... Read More

Lawyers horrified and disappointed by Supreme Court loveless marriage ruling

Lawyers horrified and disappointed by Supreme Court 'loveless marriage' ruling

As Tini Owens waited to hear the country’s most senior judges hand out the judgment that could free her from her unhappy marriage, the legal world held their collective breath. Ms Owen’s highly-publicised defended divorce had presented Britain’s top court with a unique opportunity: to soften the divorce laws compelling couples to evidence their former partner’s unreasonable behaviour for permission to divorce. Tini Owens, who has been married to her wealthy mushroom farmer husband Hugh... Read More