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The "Meal Ticket" Divorce Ruling

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A recent ruling by the High Court may have established a precedent that could lead to the courts taking a less generous approach when dealing with spousal maintenance in divorce settlements. The ruling was made in the case of Waggott v Waggott. Mrs....

Ant McPartlin files for divorce... but has he got talent?

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Ant McPartlin of Ant and Dec fame is getting divorced from his wife Lisa after an 11-year marriage. As one half of the nation’s favorite double act the news has unsurprisingly been a hot topic in the tabloids with speculation as to just how much his...

Egytian woman seeks divorce over housework

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A 28 year old woman in Egypt referred to as Samar M has filed for divorce because her husband of 2 weeks does all the housework - cooking, cleaning, sweeping and the laundry. Speaking to Egyptian news website Masrawy, Samar M said that her husband “is...

Trouble in Paradise for Woman who Married Herself

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Following on from Marion Foley’s recent blog post on Sologamy – the growing trend of people marrying themselves – it seems that being true to oneself is not without its temptations!!! Sophie Turner decided to marry herself back in May 2015...

Unmarried Couples to Receive Automatic Pension Rights?

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Hot off the press is the landmark case of Brewster v McMullan which may have paved the way for unmarried couples to benefit from the pension of their deceased partner. The case concerned Denise Brewster who had been in a relationship with her partner for 10...

Divorce - Is it part of your DNA?

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According to a team of American and Swedish researchers, your risk of divorcing could have a genetic link. Research has shown that divorces tend to run in families, with children of divorced parents more likely to end up divorced in comparison to...

Scout leaders hunt for marriage certificate left in taxi

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A newly married couple in Oxford are on a city wide hunt for their marriage certificate which has been lost in the back of a taxi! The scout leaders - Rebecca Lord and Richard Butler – found themselves desperately contacting every taxi firm in the...

Departure from Equal Sharing Principle in Short Marriages

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A landmark case has departed from the long standing position in divorce cases whereby a 50:50 split of assets is taken as the default starting point for settlement. Julie Sharp took her case to the Court of Appeal where a previous ruling...

Would You Employ a Marriage Spy?

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Chinese citizens can pay an agency to sabotage their spouse’s extra-marital affair. The agency, known as Weiqing employs agents known as “mistress hunters” to target people who are seeing someone who is already married and gain their...

Cross-examination of victims of domestic abuse

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A High Court Judge has called for a change in the law that currently allows alleged domestic abusers to cross-examine their victims during civil proceedings. Justice Hayden said that he would refuse to hear any future cases where this is allowed to...

Civil Partnerships For Everyone?

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A recent survey of 2,000 British people found that 57% thought that civil partnerships should be made available to all couples - both mixed-sex and same-sex. Currently civil partnerships are only available for same-sex couples which would appear to...

The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children

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Divorce can be an acrimonious and destabilising time for spouses and is often cited as one of the most stressful experiences a person may go through during their lifetime. Whilst those who have been through a difficult divorce will attest to this,...