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Divorce as bad as global warming


 The Times reported yesterday that Mr Justice Coleridge (who dealt with the divorce of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills) considers that the "cancerous" ruination of marriages is soon going to have an effect  “as marked and as destructive as the effects of global warming”.

It's tempting to have the view that this is an almost hysterical view from someone who, by the nature of their job, sees divorce every day. But is he right?

I have called before for action to be taken such as enforced counselling for couples before being allowed to marry. I got no support at all. Of course I may have got the cure  wrong, but we must surely do something. The  cost of divorce to families, children, society and indeed to the taxpayer is huge.

What can be done to stem the tide of broken marriage in this country?

Andrew Woolley
Family lawyer


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I have strong feelings about this, that divorce and indeed the breakdown of family has become a pervasive cancer in our society.

I’m from a broken family myself and can say that no matter how amicable it is, the effect of a broken family for any child is a devastating one.

Whatever the government can do to improve divorce rates and promote solid family units they should be doing and it should be a priority.

I feel many of the social issues of our generation have been exaggerated by the fallout of broken families.

As a nation we have become selfish and short sighted in our view of relationships and the value of a lasting relationship.

In addition our expectations of marriage are unrealistic (promoted by TV/movies?), which is probably effecting the divorce rate also.


By Amanda Vlahakis on Thursday June 18, 2009

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