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  Losing The Connection: How Being Internet Savvy is Fuelling Over-65 Divorce  

Published on 19 July, 2017 | Claire Reid

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Technology, it is said, has made us a more connected world than at any point in our history. It wasn’t so long ago that we marvelled at how air flight has made far-flung parts of the globe easily accessible in little over a century since the Wright brothers first took to the air. Yet, in […]

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  After A Fashion: Could Marriage Be On The Rebound?  

Published on 14 July, 2017 | Claire Reid

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Among William Shakespeare’s many contributions to the English language, one is his ability to distill acute observations on romance into the kind of pithy phrases which linger long in the individual memory and even longer in the collective vocabulary. In ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, no less, he remarked that “the course of true love never did […]

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  The Homestead History-Makers: UK Relationships at the Crossroads  

Published on 27 June, 2017 | Andrew Newbury

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I would hazard a guess that most married – and, in fact, divorcing – couples are so reasonably occupied with the details of events at home that they think little of their place in history. If that seems a startling opening sentence, allow me to clarify what I mean. At the moment, I believe that […]

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  Fairness, Finance and a Short Marriage  

Published on 14 June, 2017 | Andrew Newbury

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Marital collapse is, unfortuately, a far from uncommon occurrence. Whenever spouses decide to go their separate ways, there are two essential elements to the divorce process. The first is administrative – the obtaining of decrees nisi and then absolute six weeks or so apart – while the second deals with the delicate division of the […]

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  The Home Front: Election Promises and the Family  

Published on 05 June, 2017 | James Brown

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By the end of this week, party political paraphernalia will be packed away again at the end of another General Election campaign. Only a month ago, the result seemed something of a foregone conclusion as Theresa May’s leading the Conservatives to a double-digit opinion poll lead but that has since reportedly shrunk back to only […]

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  Shirley Valentine and the “Mid-Life Mirror”  

Published on 30 May, 2017 | Ellen Walker

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One of the most dominant patterns in divorce over the last decade in England and Wales has been that of mid-life marital breakdown. Whilst they may not account for the bulk of all divorces, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that husbands and wives aged 50 and over have been parting in […]

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  ‘Girl Power’ and the Death of the ‘Meal Ticket for Life’  

Published on 24 May, 2017 | Andrew Newbury

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One of the consequences of there being more coverage of divorces in news media over recent years is the the belief that all marriages end in acrimony. Most, in fact, do not and are dealt with in a relatively amicable fashion. However, that doesn’t mean to say that the provision of ongoing maintenance is not […]

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  Divorce, Brexit and The Fruits of One Husband’s Labours  

Published on 12 May, 2017 | James Brown

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I would like to ask you, dear reader, to take a second or two and consider how society and your own circumstances have changed over the course of the last quarter century. In the space of 25 years, we have seen the number of divorces in England and Wales reach an all-time high, only to […]

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  The Surprising Surge of the “Silver Singles”  

Published on 02 May, 2017 | Alice Couriel

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In the relatively recent past, to the younger generation, anybody over the age of 50 was considered rather old or, to use one colloquialism, “getting on”. However, whereas they might commonly have been considered to be heading for their dotage, successive studies have shown that they have, in fact, been “getting on” with their lives […]

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  Divorce Do’s And Don’ts: Snooping  

Published on | Laura Guillon

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Divorce is, sadly, a fact of life for many modern families. The most recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that more than 111,000 marriages were brought to a legal close in 2014 (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/divorce/bulletins/divorcesinenglandandwales/2014). They were all dealt with according to a piece of legislation known as the Matrimonial Causes Act. […]

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