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Family Law Blog : July 2012

Comment on divorce & family law 

Happiness index shows marriage is best

Want a bit of happiness in your life? Then get married. Married people are happier than those who aren’t, suggests new Office of National Statistics (ONS) data on the “happiness index” published last week. This may raise eyebrows among 1970s comedians who joked about “the wife” and “the ball and chain”, but is music to my ears.The figures show 82% of people in marriages or civil partnerships said they rated their life...

Uses for an unwanted wedding ring

Understandably, when a couple divorces, there is a keenness and focus on how to divide assets and how to settle arrangements for any children. Children should be first priority in any situation. The family law system in the UK dictates quite rightly that the wishes and wellbeing of any child should be the starting point for any residence and contact discussions. After this, or often at the same time as this, the house, the contents, the bank accounts, the...

TV divorce court leaves a bad taste

I was alerted the other day to a new programme airing on digital channel, ‘Really’. I was surprised and then appalled to see an entertainment show called Divorce Court. As you might expect, this is an import from the United States where they are a few years ahead of us in terms of TV cameras and other media being allowed into court rooms (whether real or staged). I say ahead of us, but this does not mean I...

One in six marriages start online

I was staggered the other day when I stumbled across an article that said one in six married couples met on an online dating site. Isn’t that incredible? I looked into it more closely and these figures are a couple of years old and the study was in the US, (for dating website Match.com), but still – one in six?! I wonder what the statistic would have been even 10 years ago? It seems long gone are the...

Religion can be divorce battleground

It was sad to hear the news that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are to divorce. And it was said their six-year-old daughter would be at the centre of the legal battle. Great news therefore to learn they have come to an agreement already - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes reach divorce settlement. Too often we see children in divorce being used as pawns with which parents try to score points off each other. However, this case is...

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