Divorce rate for over-60s

The divorce rate among the over-60s has decreased in the last few years, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), however in the medium-term there has been an upwards trend in the divorce rate among the over-60s seen in the last few decades. This is in contrast to total divorce figures which have fallen over the same period.

Pets on Divorce: who keeps the family pet?

Introduction Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 3.2 million households in the UK have acquired a pandemic pet, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association. This means the country now has 17 million pet-owning homes. The usual first ‘port of call’ when a relationship breaks down is agreeing child arrangements and

‘Gaslighting’ in Family Law

The term ‘gaslighting’ was used for the first time ever in a published High Court judgement in the Family Courts. This was a milestone moment, giving the term legal credibility and legitimacy. ‘Gaslighting’ is a psychological term used to describe a specific type of manipulation where the manipulator is trying to get someone else (or

Dealing with business interests on divorce

When dealing with the finances upon divorce, all assets need to be taken into account including any business interests. It can be particularly contentious when this includes interests in family businesses which have spanned generations. Business interests are likely to be regarded as matrimonial assets and therefore there are circumstances when their value can be

Cohabitation Rights – Myths and Misconceptions

Despite an ever growing proportion of the population choosing to cohabit rather than get married, nearly half (46%) of adults in England and Wales mistakenly think that couples acquire ‘common law’ rights after living together for a certain amount of time or having children together. These misconceptions can lead to one party being particularly vulnerable in the

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