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Are divorce rates really increasing?

We’ve all heard the saying time and time again: “half of all marriages end in divorce”. There has been a dramatic change in societal attitudes towards marriage and divorce over the past several decades, and it is generally perceived that...

Getting a divorce: where to start

Getting divorced can be intimidating and is usually an emotional time for everyone involved. The divorce process can seem complicated and confusing, but making sure you understand exactly what to expect and what you need to do can help reduce the...

What counts as "unreasonable behaviour" in divorce?

When you apply for a divorce, you will need to show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. There are five reasons accepted for the break down of a marriage: adultery, desertion, having lived apart for 2 years (if your spouse agrees to the divorce)...

10 famous quotes about divorce

Going through a divorce or the end of a civil partnership can be highly upsetting and stressful. However, it’s important to remember that many, many people have gone through this before and have come out the other side okay. Below we share 10 famous...

Absent parents finding 'loopholes' to avoid child maintenance

Loopholes in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) are allowing many absent parents to get away with not paying all that they should to support their children. New research by single parent charity Gingerbread reveals that many non-resident parents only pay a...

Top tips for talking to your children about divorce

For many people getting divorced who have children, telling the kids can often be the hardest part. The thought of how upset and confused your children will be can make it incredibly difficult to break the news and many parents simply have no idea how to...

The Benefits of Mediation

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that can be used for both personal and business matters. It offers a way for two or more parties in dispute to agree a mutually satisfactory solution that allows everyone to move on. Mediation provides a...

What is a MIAM? And why is it important?

When you are going through a divorce, you will be invited to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). Its purpose is to provide you and your partner with information about alternative forms of dispute resolution, namely mediation, and...

What Are the Grounds for Divorce?

Under current UK law, you must have been married for at least a year and be able to demonstrate that your marriage has irretrievably broken down in order to secure a divorce. At present, there is no option for a “no fault divorce” i.e. where the...

Domestic Violence and Legal Aid: How to find out if you are eligible

If you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, the idea of facing a court case can be daunting – and even more so if you’re worried about affording legal fees. But help may be at hand under the Government’s Legal Aid scheme. If you meet...
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