Family & divorce

No-fault divorce to be consigned to history – possibly

When the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal decision that Tini Owens could not be granted a divorce because she failed to meet the legal test that her marriage had broken down irretrievably, the judges invited “Parliament to consider replacing a law which denies Mrs Owens a divorce in the present circumstances”.

5 ways in which divorce can affect your social life

Marriage can have a serious effect on your social life. No longer considered an individual, but now generally viewed by others as a couple, what you do in your spare time will often be activities that you can share with your partner. After a divorce, the comfortability with which you have probably associated yours and your partners status as a pair is effectively shattered, and you must now get used to acting as a single entity again.

Should you get a separation agreement?

If you are separated but don't want to divorce just yet, perhaps until your children are older, it would be sensible to have a separation agreement. A separation agreement is a written agreement which confirms what you have both agreed should happen once you no longer live together. It sets out how you wish to deal with the finances and any arrangements for your children.

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