Celebrities & no-fault divorce: our round-up of news for June 2021

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:

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce: who would we represent?


Who would our Directors choose to represent in the Bill and Melinda Gates divorce? Our new article explores the complexities of separating when billions of dollar are potentially involved.



Want a divorce? Why the new Act will not make it quicker [Updated]


No-fault divorce delay!  

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will not come into force until 6th April 2022. (Almost 2 years after receiving Royal Assent).

Only then will couples be able to declare “The marriage has broken down irretrievably” and not need to allocate blame to either party.  BUT at the cost of an extended timeframe. Our updated article explains more.



Celebrity divorces: “Thank you for respecting our privacy"


Celebrity divorce announcements on social media, and what they reveal about co-parenting ideas amongst the separating famous. 




From our social media:

The Split gives major update on season three

Will be interesting to see how the series portray 2 divorce lawyers negotiate their way through their own separation


Valerie Bacot: French woman goes on trial for murder of abuser

Shocking case of abuse which led to murder.      


Government pledges to raise legal age of marriage to 18 in England and Wales

Also Conservative MP Pauline Latham held meetings with ministers, including the justice secretary, Robert Buckland, to discuss the issue, including a proposal for a new criminal offence for adults who aid, abet or procure marriages for children.


COVID-19: New law permitting outdoor civil weddings and partnerships in England and Wales given green light

Good news for those hoping to marry


French court dog helps soothe anxious victims of crime

Great for dog lovers! Labrador licks to help calm nervous crime victims in court. 

Apparently: "Jaded lawyers and harried judicial staff rush out of their offices to stroke five-year-old Lol the dog"




Trans widows' fear being trapped in loveless marriages if gender law changes

 Activists want ministers to scrap an agreement that allows women to exit a heterosexual marriage before it legally becomes homosexual


Civil weddings will be permitted to take place outdoors for the first time in England and Wales from next month.

Here comes the sun for Weddings and Civil Partnerships


Together review – Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy let rip in lockdown tour de force

Not seen this yet but sounds interesting. 


Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for employers

Domestic Abuse: a toolkit for employers, has been updated for June 2021. It now includes information on the recently passed Domestic Abuse Act, new resources, initiatives and case studies.

First created in 2018 by Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community (BITC)


Neston sugar water murder: Wife killed husband with boiling mix

Catastrophic consequences of a marital dispute. 


Lady Hale to quit role on Hong Kong court

Lady Hale certainly kept herself busy!

But it will be Hong Kong's loss!


Law Society predicts 'savage reduction' in legal jobs as AI takes over

A prediction of the future for the legal profession.


Asparagus recipe accidentally included in Belgian law database

Erroneous text can get everywhere - even in a Belgian law database.

The dreaded cut and paste me thinks!


Tribunal judges annoyed by technology faults in remote hearings

One hopes this would have been sorted by now.


Bill Gates disappeared from work in a golden brown Porsche to meet women, Vanity Fair report claims

In any high profile divorce rumours will start. Reports of infidelity against Bill Gates. 


Ulrika Jonsson says divorce can be 'something to be celebrated'

Well said Ulrika. No-fault divorce will help with society's perception of divorce.


Are we doing enough to support our divorcees?

The far reaching affects of divorce on businesses and how they deal with employees.


Cryptocurrencies becoming more prominent in divorce proceedings

Interesting,… for financial disclosure


How to help older couples who are splitting up

Financial implications for silver separators and their advisors