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Celebrity Prenuptial Agreements Hit the Headlines

The lives of celebrities, and in particular their marriages and divorces, are a popular source of news stories for many media outlets, and any report of an imminent wedding or relationship split is often accompanied by speculation over whether or not the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement.

Too Many Couples are in Distressed Relationships

As many as 2.87 million people across the UK are living in relationships which would be described within clinical practice as distressed, according a new study by relationship charity Relate. This amounts to 18% of married or cohabiting couples and 1.4 million UK families. A distressed relationship is one with a severe level of relationship problems, which has a clinically significant negative impact on partner’s wellbeing.The charity is concerned that these poor quality relationships are having a detrimental impact on people’s physical and mental health, with many struggling to access the support they need and reaching breaking point. The research, which had a sample size of 20,980, looked at key questions from a validated scale to measure relationship quality. These included how often couples argued, how frequently they considered separation or divorce, the extent of unhappiness in their relationship and how often they regretted being in their relationship.The research found that:

Views on Marriage Reach Tipping Point

The proportion of people who believe couples shouldn’t have to get married before having children (35%) is, for the first time, almost the same as the proportion who believe marriage should come first (37%), according to new analysis of NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey.

Research Reveals Impact of Divorce on the Over 50s

The latest statistics on divorce from the Office for National Statistics revealed that despite an overall drop in the number of divorces, the numbers divorcing in the over-50 age group have actually risen over the past decade.

English Family Courts in top Five for Most Generous Spousal Maintenance

Although there has been more emphasis put on ex-spouses to provide for themselves financially following a divorce, a recent study has found that settlements made by the family courts in England and Wales are one of the most generous in the world.

Divorce Judge Hands 90% of Family Savings to Stay at Home Mum

A divorce judge has granted a woman who quit her career to care for her children the vast majority of the family fortune. Jane Morris left her career as a recruitment consultant so that her husband could continue his high-flying career for over 20 years.

Divorce Expert Warns About Social Media use During Divorce

A divorce expert has warned of the dangers that can arise from using social media when going through a divorce. A representative of Consensus Collaboration has stated that social media posts could affect both the financial and emotional outcome of a separation.

Court Case Shows Importance of Legal Advice During Divorce

In a case which outlines the importance getting legal advice when going through a divorce, a woman who cohabited with her partner for more than 18 years has won a legal battle with his estranged wife for a share in his home.

Calls for Modernisation of Divorce Law

Experts have called for MPs to back the No Fault Divorce Bill when it receives its second reading in March. Attitudes to marriage in the UK has changed significantly with almost 50% of all divorces ending in divorce.

Cohabiting Couples Losing out Based on Bereavement Benefits

A new study has revealed that unmarried couples living together are being ignored by the National Insurance system despite the fact that more than six million people cohabit.

“Divorce Day” Reporting Should Refocus on Finding Solutions

Although some have claimed that the start of January, or the third Monday in January is the busiest day for law firms regarding divorce, the family charity, Resolution, has stated that they have little evidence to support such a statement.

Why Do Divorce Rates Rise in January?

The first working day of January is often dubbed as D-day by the media because it is one of the busiest days for divorce lawyers due to a large number of divorce enquiries.

Four in Five back “No Fault” Divorces

More than 80% of respondents to a poll regarding “no fault” divorces have stated that they believe the law should be changed to allow such divorces to occur.

Early Dispute Resolution Key to a Peaceful Christmas

While Christmas may seem a good while away, separated parents anxious about where their child will spend Christmas are being urged to take action now and set up a basic parenting plan.

Number of Elderly Divorces Increased

The number of elderly divorces has increased at the same time that overall divorce rates have fallen according to the latest findings.

Cohabitation in the UK: Is it The Future of UK Relationships?

According to a recent study in the UK, the annual number of marriages have halved in comparison to statistics from 40 years previously, with more people opting for different living arrangements.

Reactions to Marital Difficulties

Men and women who have been married for a long time react to marital problems in different ways - women tend to worry and feel upset, while men predominantly feel frustrated.

Women Win Right to Revisit Divorce Settlements

The UK Supreme Court has found in favour of two women who were seeking the right to have their divorce settlements reopened, reports the Guardian.

Children in Care in England

The Department for Education has recently published a breakdown of the number of children in care in England.

MoJ Publishes Latest Family Court Statistics

The Ministry of Justice has recently published statistics on activity in the family courts of England and Wales for the period April – June 2015.

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