Divorce on-line or lawyer, Wills and Rankings: Our round-up of news for September-October

There was a lot of news we found interesting in September and October 2023, so we've put a few of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages together and a reminder of our blogs.

From our blog:

Third time not so lucky: prenups, pleas for privacy and another divorce for Britney Spears


Britney Spears and her third husband have a legally-binding pre-nup in place which will play an important role in their pending divorce in California



Counting the cost: online divorce v. family lawyer


Considering divorce? My latest blog discusses why opting for a family lawyer can be a game-changer. rather than do-it yourself on-line




A legacy for the family: wills and divorce


Tempted by a free simple will this month? We look at why you might need something more comprehensive, especially after a divorce.




Our Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners rankings for 2024


Discover why both the Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners rank LGFL “right up there" with much bigger law firms




And from our social media streams:

Divorcees offered zero deposit mortgages to get back on housing ladder

Help for some after divorce from a building society.

Here's how to salvage your sense of self after a divorce

Divorce can be traumatic. As tempting as it may be to burn bridges with an ex following a separation or divorce, understand how the consequences of your actions may play out when your children need you to be there for them.

Achieving a good divorce is not about winners and losers - Philippa Cunniff

At the heart of any good divorce lies openness, honesty and a willingness to be fair. Pursuing a ‘win-at-all-costs’ mindset will only lead to more hurt

Divorce and insomnia linked to health issues in postmenopausal women – study

Getting divorced or losing a spouse can have major health impacts on postmenopausal women, according to a new study.

Men worry about the cost of divorce while women fear their partner’s death

Interesting differences in what men and women worry about.

Kevin Costner and ex-wife Christine Baumgartner reach unexpected end to divorce proceedings: Report

It's finally over! After months of back and forth and circling California courts, Kevin Costner and now ex-wife Christine Baumgartner have finalised the terms of their divorce.

Voidable Marriages

Can a declaration of non-recognition of a voidable overseas marriage, where at least one of the parties is domiciled in England and Wales, lawfully be made?

The distinction between divorce and nullity proceedings is vital. The one seeks to destroy a valid marriage, the other seeks to establish that there was no marriage.

63% of divorcees say this is the No. 1 thing that would have saved their marriage—and it’s not more money

A better understanding of the commitment of marriage prior to marrying.

‘You can’t cut the dog in half’: Pet custody disputes are making break-ups even messier

Pre-nups can include pets as well

Keeping kids front and center during separation and divorce

Putting your children ahead of your emotions has big payoffs for you and them.

What I wished I’d known before asking my husband for a divorce

Four women share what they’d wish they’d known before divorcing their partners

Parents going through divorce are trying bird nest parenting – Here's what that means

“Magpie parenting” – also known as “bird nest parenting”. One thing that can help, it succeed, is to write the agreed terms in a document before you start bird nesting, so everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet when it comes to what can and can’t be done in ‘nesting’ home.

Families continue to be victims of a broken justice system

Families continue to be victims of a broken justice system

'I still sleep with the lights on': How domestic abuse victims are being failed

For every 100 domestic-abuse-related crimes in the year ending March 2022, only 31.3 arrests were made, ONS figures from last year show.

The Government is currently working on a civil Domestic Abuse Protection Notice (DAPN) ‘to provide immediate protection following a domestic abuse incident’ and a new civil Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO) ‘to provide flexible, longer-term protection for victims’. Multiple women’s rights organisations are enthusiastic about this reform, hoping it will simplify the protective orders process.

Women being let down in our justice system, says Thornberry

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said Labour will review laws on stalking, whistleblowing and co-habitation to ensure women are better protected by the law.

Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith separated since 2016: 'We were just exhausted with trying'

Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith are woking through things and divorce is not an option

Couple remarry at Dewsbury and District Hospital 65 years after first wedding

Remarrying before too late.

What is Clare's Law and how could it alert you to a potential domestic violence threat?

Under the scheme, individuals can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past (the ‘right to ask’).

How to ensure gifts to married children stay in the family upon divorce

How to ensure gifts to married children stay in the family upon divorce

Influences on children and young people’s understanding of domestic abuse explored in new research

The research explores children and young people’s understanding of gender roles, relationships and sex, with the goal of informing Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) in schools. The report shows some worrying findings.

Women’s Aid report on domestic abuse

Women’s Aid has published, what it describes as, ‘a first-of-its-kind report into what influences children and young people’s attitudes towards domestic abuse, proving a direct link between the viewing of harmful misogynist content online and the normalisation of unhealthy behaviours in relationships’.