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Divorce linked to family history

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A person’s genetic background may influence the likelihood of them getting divorced, according to a joint US-Swedish study. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States and Lund University in Sweden examined data concerning nearly  83,000 individuals. Previous studies had shown that the children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves in adulthood but researchers had been assumed this was due to learned behaviour. To try and shed further light on the causes, the US-Swedish team compared the marital histories of adopted children in their data to that of both their adoptive and biological parents. Lead…

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Lawyers ‘can act for both parties in divorce’

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There is no conflict of interest in helping both parties in a divorce reach a financial agreement, a High Court Judge has declared. In JK v VK & Another, Mr Justice Mostyn considered the case of a younger couple who sought a clean break divorce (one with no possibility of future obligations) after a marriage of just two and a half years. They approached an online divorce service specialising in joint financial agreements (legally termed ‘consent orders’). However, one such joint order was queried by a regional Judge, who suggested that it might constitute a conflict of interest. Traditionally, although…

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Resolution welcomes return of ‘no fault’ divorce bill

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The family law organisation Resolution has welcomed a recent announcement that legislation introducing ‘no fault’ divorce in England is to be returned to Parliament. Following years of campaigning by Resolution and other organisations, the Divorce, Dissolution ad Separation Bill was first introduced last summer, but then suspended when Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the December 12 general election. The bill make significant changes to existing marriage law, removing the long-standing need to cite specific reasons for a divorce application or attribute fault to one party. Instead applicants will only need to state that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, and…

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Supreme Court considers ‘forum shopping’ in divorce

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The Supreme Court has heard two days of evidence in an appeal concerning ‘forum shopping’ in divorce. The term ‘forum shopping’ refers to a common and much discussed practice in which one half of a multinational couple attempts to launch divorce proceedings in the jurisdiction with divorce legislation most favourable to them. In legal terminology, the Latin word ‘forum’ can mean both a specific court and a specific jurisdiction. Villiers v Villiers concerns a writ of divorce filed in 2014 by a husband in Scotland. He and his wife had lived in the country for the majority of the time…

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