With a flurry of divorce and family law cases recently leaving social media agog, none seems to have caught the attention of lawyers and the general public like the appeal made by a 66-year-old woman against the decision to refuse her a divorce from her husband of nearly 40 years. The judge in this case felt that the allegations she had set out in her divorce petition were “of the kind to be expected in a marriage” and he was not satisfied that she was entitled to the divorce she sought.
Baroness Deech has never been one to mince her words. Recently, she spoke of the urgent need to “clean-up” the divorce process, making it less inflammatory and antagonistic than it currently is.
A recent Court of Appeal case set me thinking about privacy issues in divorce. In the case in question a divorcee embroiled in a legal fight over money with her ex-husband failed to persuade senior judges to bar journalists from revealing her identity.
After the dismal marking of Divorce Week last month, it is wonderful to be celebrating commitment with Marriage Week in February. Fittingly finishing its seven-day run on Valentine’s Day, it is a chance for every happy couple to shout about how great it is being married – and maybe for those not in the best place to approach sorting out their differences with renewed vigour.