Doctors less likely to divorce, study suggests

February 27, 2015 1 comment

marriage

Doctors are less likely than other professionals to get divorced, a new published study suggests. Researchers at Harvard Medical School analysed census data relating to a variety of professions, including dentists, pharmacists, nurses, lawyers and physicians – data which was collected between 2008 and 2013. The results showed that doctors were less likely to get divorced…

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Children of divorce ‘less likely to earn degree’

February 23, 2015 0 comments

Graduation

A new study suggests that children whose parents get a divorce are less likely to earn a university degree than those from two-parent families. Using data from the US Department of Labor, researchers analysed families who had teenage children between 1968 and 2009. The number of years the children spent in school increased for both…

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Call for ‘blame-free’ divorce

February 23, 2015 4 comments

Marriage

The law should be changed to allow for a ‘no-blame divorce’, a family law organisation has claimed. Under current English law, you can only divorce on a single ground: the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and this can be demonstrated by citing one of five facts: unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion, separation for two years with…

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US rabbi tried over divorce kidnapping scheme

February 22, 2015 0 comments

United States, divorce

A rabbi in New Jersey is on trial for allegedly kidnapping Jewish men who will not grant their wives a divorce. Rabbi Mendel Epstein is accused of charging Jewish women desperate for a religious divorce at least $50,000 (£32,350) to kidnap their husbands and convince them to consent. In Orthodox Judaism, a religious divorce, called…

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Divorce: High Court reaches 50:50 split decision

February 20, 2015 2 comments

family law

Leading financial judge Mr Justice Mostyn QC considered the issues of non-matrimonial wealth via inheritance, as well as wealth accumulated post-separation, in a newly published judgement. It is a very worthwhile read if you are interested in the legal principles involved and the ways in which the law has been clarified through case law in…

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Malaysian state says divorce before conversion

February 16, 2015 0 comments

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One of Malaysia’s 13 states, is to introduce a new law requiring anyone who wishes to convert to Islam to fully divorce their spouse before doing so. Converts in Negeri Sembilan, south of capital Kuala Lumpur on the Malay Peninsula, will be required to divorce because Islam forbids Muslims from living with husbands or wives…

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A week in family law: Divorce centre plans and more by John Bolch

February 13, 2015 0 comments

family law

Friday the 13th… unlucky for those wishing to issue divorce proceedings? Resolution, the association of family lawyers, has reported that it has recently met with HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) about current and future moves to central divorce centres. According to Resolution (and confirmed by HMCTS), the current plan is that the North East…

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Pensions and divorce: consider the future

February 12, 2015 2 comments

finances and divorce

This week, Pensions Minister Steve Webb advised stay-at-home mothers to fight for a section of their husband’s pensions if they divorce. If they don’t, he said, such mothers could find themselves struggling to get by later on in life. In today’s Daily Mail, I pointed out that the focus of financial settlements is based on…

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Are emotional affairs grounds for divorce?

February 11, 2015 0 comments

emotional affairs

The word ‘affair’ – from the French verb a faire, meaning to do – is a pretty loaded one, conjuring up images of illicit trysts in hotel bedrooms. On the face of it, a sexual relationship seems central to such infidelities. But nowadays there is an increasing awareness that this need not be the case….

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