The divorce process has come a long way since Henry VIII but it has been in a fairly familiar shape since the 1960s. Does it need change now though to bring it into the 21st Century?
Adultery, alienated children and coercive, possibly even abusive, relationships are all under the spotlight in the long running BBC radio show The Archers. But how do soap opera story lines reflect real life family and relationship dramas?
When it comes to divorce settlement hearings the role of the judge might come as a surprise to some. Their job, first and foremost, is to help people reach an agreement. Only if the parties are intransigent will they actually make a judgement.
Since divorce was first introduced into English law in the time of Henry VIII there have been some significant changes. Yet people are still often heard to moan about the arcane nature of divorce proceedings.
New enforcement measures in relation to child maintenance are being proposed by the Department for Work and Pensions, and they could bring far reaching affects for parents.