Swings and roundabouts, lonely and the Bezos effect: our round-up of news for July 2019

If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From our blog:

Swings and roundabouts: why falling divorce rates are not necessarily good news


Divorce rates are on the decline, but so are marriage rates, as more couple choose cohabitation as their preferred choice. However, cohabitation brings a whole range of issues of its own, requiring new solutions unique to each couple if that relationship breaks down. Discover more in our article.


Only the lonely: why do people stay in unhappy marriages?

man and woman separated on sofa - unhappy marriage


Our article on why staying in an unhappy relationship or marriage could affect your health, and how to deal with the no.1 factor that prevents people leaving, fear.




The Bezos effect: high net worth divorce and financial settlements

High net worth for divorce


When divorcing a fair and reasonable financial settlement that reflects your joint worth should be attainable.

With our considerable expertise and experience we can guide you through the complex maze of financial arrangements to achieve the best result for you and your family.

In the first of two articles, Director Anne Leiper explores the implications of full financial disclosure for high worth couples.


From our social media:

Divorcing couples will be 'nudged' to share pensions under Government plans

Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt wants the government to tackle the causes of financial inequality in later life by intervening at points where women are likely to face disadvantage from school to employment, divorce and retirement.


Sexual violence victims get 'terrible deal', says outgoing commissioner

This is a sad state of affairs.
In her final report after six years in office Helen Newlove said there had been a breakdown in trust and that victims were being failed by law enforcement agencies. She called for victims of sexual violence to be provided with independent legal advice.


Divorce: New law could lead to 'spike' - minister

No blame divorce moves closer! MPs approved the bill at its second reading - bringing changes a step closer to becoming reality. In order to become law it will undergo further scrutiny from MPs before being considered by peers in the House of Lords.


Over 35 MPs enrol for work experience with legal aid lawyers

This is part of a new campaign aimed at demonstrating first-hand why comprehensive, early legal advice is so vital.
Hopefully this might make them more aware of the funding situation.


First woman president of Queen's Bench Division sworn in

Another milestone in the journey of women in law.


I started out with a nuclear family, and It morphed into a massive blended family

Good article from the daughter of divorced parents, where she shares all the positives in her life.

Judge tells divorcing couple to form truce after spending £1,000,000 on lawyers

We are only arguing about somewhere between £1 million and £2 million between people who are worth somewhere between £25 million and £30 million. It is pretty depressing frankly." Well said judge!


How to help a child through divorce

Some simple tips that might often be overlooked and can really help.


How a collaborative approach to divorce in Scotland is helping to minimise conflict

Scotland seeing a rise in Collaborative Divorce.


The first 'social media divorce': How Jeff Bezos carefully stage-managed his $38bn split with MacKenzie

Interesting how social media has become the norm even for divorce announcements.


Judges are having to deal directly with rowing couples, complains family court president

It was widely acknowledged that legal aid reforms ‘were not entirely successful' in delivering the desired changes in behaviour of those who seek the resolution of a dispute in private family law.


Divorced UK couples could be left in limbo in Republic of Ireland

The Brexit effect people may not realise.


15 divorce lawyers share unusual reasons couples have filed for divorce. Bad breath?!

Perhaps not the best reason to divorce.


Family courts 'running up a down escalator' due to increase in cases

Is this really the answer?


Financial pressures force closure of London law centre

Very sad that lack of funding has caused more legal aid offices to close.


Brits are now taking ‘divorce holidays’

How some divorcees are choosing to 'recover'.


Pensions: how to divide the spoils when getting a divorce

Penny Mordaunt the minister for women and equalities said she had grown increasingly worried about the failure of the divorce courts to ensure women are getting a fair share of couples’ retirement savings; just 36% of divorce settlements include provisions for sharing pension assets.


Having more sleep before holiday 'stops arguments'

It's that time of year, one way to keep holiday arguments at bay!

major pressure point is that by the time we pull on our holiday clothes and sunglasses we're already burned out.


And Finally

Anne's third video in our series: LGFL Ltd understand the importance of privacy to us all.