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South African politician Tokyo Sexwale in divorce clash

February 11, 2013 0 comments

The South African  Minister of Human Settlements Mosima Gabriel ‘Tokyo’ Sexwale has filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years. According to a report in the Telegraph, Judy van Vuuren has responded with an affidavit accusing her husband of “physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse and cruelty”. She also claims he has been secretive…

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Video game Maple Story counts virtual marriages and divorces

February 10, 2013 0 comments

Popular online role-playing game MapleStory has hosted 28,000 virtual marriages amongst players since its launch in 2003, according to publisher Nexon. Of those in-game marriages, 15,000 players have subsequently divorced their virtual spouse. The average length of a Maple Story marriage is 518 days, but players who both married and divorced in 2012 managed an…

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Russell Brand ponders marriage, divorce and fame

February 9, 2013 0 comments

Comedian Russell Brand has described his 14 month marriage to pop singer Katy Perry as mostly “brilliant”. Speaking to Sbortlist magazine, the 37 year old presenter and occasional actor said his divorce from Perry, finalised in July last year, had not put him off marrying again. “I liked marriage. Most of it was brilliant. You…

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ITV This Morning: Divorce Clinic

February 8, 2013 4 comments

marilyn stowe this morning

Earlier today, my latest Divorce Clinic on ITV This Morning fielded live questions from viewers, on family law-related subjects ranging from  child support to reasonable needs and the most suitable time to commence divorce proceedings. I mentioned Child Maintenance Options and, if you saw the programme and you would like more information about this organisation,…

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Actor Tony Danza completes divorce

February 8, 2013 0 comments

Actor Tony Danza has finalised his divorce from ex-wife Tracy Robinson. The couple separated in 2006 after 20 years together, but the 62 year-old did not file for divorce until 2011. A judge finalised the split earlier this week, almost two years after the initial filing. The actor cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for…

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Divorce rates after first decade are stable, report claims

February 8, 2013 0 comments

The divorce rate for couples who have been together for ten years or more has not changed since the 1960s, according to a new report from campaign group the Marriage Foundation. What is the divorce rate?, written by communications director Harry Benson, is based on official data commissioned from the Office for National Statistics. It…

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Butler-Sloss calls for reform of child neglect laws

February 8, 2013 0 comments

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Retired senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has helped draft a legal amendment which would make significant changes to child neglect laws. The baroness, a former president of the Family Division, has worked on an amendment to the draft Crime and Courts Bill, currently under scrutiny by MPs. The amendment, development in conjunction with charity Action for…

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