Emirati couples reconcile after divorce

December 20, 2014 0 comments

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Close to half the couples who file for divorce in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later reconcile, the country’s Minister for Social Affairs has claimed. Speaking to members of government body the Federal National Council, Social Affairs Minister Mariam Al Roomi said court-mandated intervention has helped to reduce the numbers pushing ahead with divorce. Family…

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Billionaire’s ex-wife decides not to contest divorce settlement

December 19, 2014 2 comments

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The estranged wife of billionaire financier Sir Chris Hohn has decided not to contest her recent record-breaking divorce settlement. Jamie Cooper-Hohn was awarded £337 million last month – one of the largest divorce settlements ever reached in the English courts. Despite its size however, the award represented just 36 per cent of the matrimonial wealth….

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Gay couples divorce less than straight couples

December 16, 2014 1 comment

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Same-sex couples have a lower divorce rate than their straight counterparts, new research has suggested. An analysis of same-sex marriages since its legalisation in two US states found that gay couples divorced at a rate of 5.4 per cent in New Hampshire and 3.6 per cent in Vermont over four years. This works out at…

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Divorce and children: your questions answered

December 14, 2014 3 comments

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Mark Christie is head of the Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law. Here he answers some of the many questions about children that have brought visitors to the blog over the last few weeks.   My ex-husband refuses to pay child support and he lives in Italy. What can I do? Unfortunately, as your ex-husband lives outside England…

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Senior Judge calls for no fault divorce

December 12, 2014 4 comments

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The Deputy President of the Supreme Court has called for the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce in the UK. In a wide-ranging interview with the Evening Standard, Baroness Hale claimed a ‘no fault’ system, in which no grounds would need to be given for divorce, would be cheaper and help to reduce the bitterness which…

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Muslim wives have ‘no rights’ in divorce

December 12, 2014 0 comments

Islam, divorce

A number of Muslim women living in the UK are being left with no legal rights when they try to leave religious marriages, a new report has found. Aurat, a West Midlands charity which supports women who are victims of so-called ‘honour’ related abuse, claims that some women who marry in Islamic ceremonies are often…

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High profile divorcee Scot Young dies in fall from his flat

December 10, 2014 2 comments

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Businessman Scot Young, whose protracted divorce proceedings generated headlines, has died in a fall from his London home. Passers-by found his body impaled on iron railings outside the property in Marylebone, central London. He had moved into the fourth floor flat with girlfriend Noelle Reno just months before. The ruling comes a year after his…

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Divorce: the top 10 reasons marriages end

December 9, 2014 4 comments

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Divorce: the top 10 reasons marriages end Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have identified the top ten reasons US couples seek a divorce. Paul R. Amato and Denise Previti collected data from people across the United States who had been divorced. The top ten reasons cited were: 1) Infidelity: One spouse (or both) being unfaithful…

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Gay man seeks divorce in Missouri

December 5, 2014 0 comments

St Louis, Missouri

A gay man living in Missouri has taken his search for a divorce to the state’s Supreme Court. He got married in Ohio in December 2012 and separated from his husband the following August. However, when the couple applied for a divorce in Missouri, they ran into problems. Despite the growing number of states which…

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