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Divorce should be avoided

Some of the things I say don’t make me popular with my peers. Sometimes I think I only get away with them because I am, in seniority if nothing else, in charge at Woolley & Co and often speak at Law Society events on innovation. Sometimes it seems that some people can hesitantly nod in agreement while what they’re really thinking is: “What on earth is he saying?”

I head up a family law firm but I think divorce is bad and should be avoided wherever possible. Morally, most people perhaps would agree. Commercially though it is bonkers to some for me to say this. If this was followed through and there was no more divorce, a huge chunk of my business would be swept away in one shot.

I stand by this though. And so does Peter Andre. Yes, I can reveal today, I have become a converted fan of Peter Andre.

I have criticised the very public divorce he and former wife Katie “Jordan” Price have fought in the papers in the past though, in my defence, I think I was really pointing the finger at her and not my mate Pete. This week though, according to the press, he came out with something very sensible on something she is reported to have said.

I stress here I can only go on what they are reported in the press to have said, as neither is taking my calls so I have been unable to verify the quotes attributed to them.

She claimed that children from broken homes are lucky as they get more presents and holidays and that, provided a divorce happens when they are young enough, they are unaffected by it.

Press Association has reported that he said in response: “I have to say I really don't agree with this. I think that divorce absolutely affects kids no matter what age they are and that if it can be avoided, it should be.”

I have to agree with him. There is overwhelming evidence in my opinion that parents separating has a last impact on their children. This is not always negative, I hasten to add. Many people make the right decision to split up, for the good of everyone involved. However, to suggest that it has no effect is ludicrous. To work at a marriage and to try and avoid divorce if at all possible rather than chuck it in when things don’t go your way – as per the couples in The One Year Itch Cutting Edge documentary on Channel Four this week – surely has to be the right stance?

Indeed our recent Poll found that 89% of people have stayed in a relationship and tried to make it work because of the children.

Well done Pete.

Andrew Woolley
New Pete Fan and divorce solicitor


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