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Divorce myths

Needs vs ‘Meal Ticket for Life’?

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A new briefing paper funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found that high profile, ‘meal ticket for life’ cases have given a distorted view of final settlements in divorces. Dr Emma Hitchings (University of Bristol) and Joanna Miles (University of Cambridge) recently published a briefing paper outlining key findings from their research on financial settlements in divorce cases. The briefing focuses on the current debate over ‘meal ticket for life’ divorces and provides evidence to refute widespread anecdotal claims of women as lifelong ‘alimony drones’. A key finding from the study highlights that immediate clean breaks between divorcing couples are…

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Make No Fault the Default

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This week we are highlighting the campaign for ‘no fault’ divorce following the publication of a new report on this issue by Professor Liz Trinder, Finding Fault. Avid followers of this campaign will recall our “No More Fault” blog in October 2016. Finding Fault was published by the Nuffield Foundation and launched in Parliament at the end of last month and presents research into the current state of divorce law in England and Wales. The research took place over two years and heard from over a thousand divorcees, as well as family lawyers and judges. It highlights the inherent problems…

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Not getting married

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According to the Office of National Statistics this week, the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 1.5m in 1996 to 3.3m in 2016. Cohabiting couple families now make up 17% of all families in the UK. What are the implications of this? The fundamental difference between marriage and cohabitation is that when you get married, you know that there is a legal framework around what would happen if you were to split up: the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 kicks in to regulate your divorce and any financial arrangements that need to be made…

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The decline of marriage?

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Two news stories have hit our desks this week, which illustrate rather differing approaches to resolving the complex issues facing families today. The first story emanates from the Marriage Foundation, which is an organisation aiming to be a “national champion for marriage”. Its stated aims are to seek to influence the way individuals, couples and society as a whole think about forming, maintaining and ending relationships, and it promotes access to relationship support and education, and a better public understanding of the nature and benefits of marriage. Fundamentally, it is a pro-marriage lobbying organisation. The Foundation has been in the…

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