Divorce has been the subject of many different research projects throughout the world, with researchers trying to gain a greater understanding of what factors, characteristics or situations might lead to one couple having a higher risk of divorce than another....
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A woman from Russia has been awarded a divorce settlement worth around £53 million by the High Court in London, an amount that is thought to be one of the highest ever awarded by an English Court, reports the Telegraph.
The woman and her husband are both from Russia, and married in 1991. In 2005 they moved to London, where they lived a “lavish lifestyle
A recent study has looked at the impact the availability of the internet has had on marriage rates, and claims that as well as facilitating the search for products to buy such as books and games, the internet has also facilitated the search for a prospective partner....
The inevitable first request on the first consultation from a client who has separated from their spouse is,’ I want a divorce’. ‘My husband or wife has left me and I need a divorce’. My response is normally that, apart from the psychological smug satisfaction and feeling of warmth a divorce may bring, it may not be needed and indeed could be an expensive, unnecessary form of therapy . But is that really what they are asking for?...
The Marriage Foundation think-tank has produced a report revealing that second marriages are more stable than first marriages, challenging the widely held belief that couples who remarry are doomed to repeat the mistakes from their first marriage....
Around 59% of divorce attorneys in America have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites during the past three years, according to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)....
A survey of counseling professionals from YourTango.com has offered some insights into why marriages fail. It found that the leading cause of divorce was communication problems, followed by sexual infidelity and "not spending enough time together/not mutually prioritising the marriage."...
The study, “Equality in the Home
According to recent data from the Irish Central Statistics Office, the share of the population aged 15 and over who were single fell from 43.1% in 2006 to 41.7% (1,505,035 people) in 2011. The married population increased by 9.2% between 2006 and 2011, growing from 1,565,016 to 1,708,604....
Scotland's Chief Statistician has recently published the results of a survey into the composition of households across Scotland.
As part of the survey, just under 13,000 adults were selected to take part in a 'random adult' interview. Around 52% of these adults were female and 48% were male. Those aged 16-24 represented 15% of adults. Those aged 45 to 59 made up a quarter (25%) of all adults, while those 75 or over represented just under one-tenth (9%) of adults.
Of these random adults, the survey found that:
Divorce and relationship breakdown is leading 25 people to seek help with unmanageable debt each day, according to recent figures from debt charity the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS).
A total of 9,099 people counselled by CCCS during 2011 cited divorce or separation as the main cause of their debt problem, with women outnumbering men two-to-one.
Relationship breakdown costs the UK an estimated £44bn a year and divorce and separation ranks as the fourth largest cause of problem debt among CCCS clients, behind unemployment, reduced income and budgeting problems, with two thirds (66%) of those affected being women.
A researcher at Kansas State University has carried out a study into whether the type of relationship a woman has with her ex-partner is a factor in how the couple shares custody of children.
Assistant professor Mindy Markham's study of 20 divorced or separated mothers sharing physical custody of their children with their former partners found there were three main patterns of co-parenting -- continuously contentious, always amicable and bad to better.
Nine mothers had continuously contentious co-parenting relationships with their ex-partners from the time of separation to the present.
Four mothers in the study had amicable co-parenting relationships, where they reported always getting along with their ex-partners from separation to the present.
Seven of the mothers in the study had bad-to-better co-parenting relationships, where co-parenting was contentious at the time of separation, but greatly improved over time.
Communication with the ex-partner also played a role in the co-parenting relationship. In the always amicable and bad-to-better relationships, mothers were able to communicate well with ex-partners. These mothers said this made discussing differences in parenting styles easier.
But for women in continuously contentious relationships, lack of communication was a big issue, Markham said. These mothers limited direct in-person or phone communication with their ex, preferring alternative methods like texting or email. They also avoided seeing their ex in person when it came time to exchange children by having them picked up at day care or school.
Markham said she was surprised by the level of animosity that accompanies shared custody, at least from some mothers' perceptions.
"Nearly half of the mothers in this study continue to have conflicted relationships with their ex-partners, and conversations with these women negate the notion that shared physical custody ensures cooperative, less conflicted relationships," she said. "This study can be important for helping professionals recognize that shared physical custody is not a panacea for postdivorce problems -- and that in some cases it exacerbates them."