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Rise in Divorce Rates Amongst the Over 60s in Scotland

The BBC recently reported that the number of divorces in England and Wales has been falling since the 1990s. However, one age group which has seen a rise in divorce rates is the over 60s. Indeed, the Office for National Statistics noted that there has been a rise of 73% in the number of divorces in this group over the past 25 years.

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Why is There No Such Thing As Gay Adultery in the UK

A woman is campaigning for a change in the law after she was unable to divorce her husband of 20 years on grounds of adultery as he only had affairs with men.

Under the UK, law adultery does not count if the person has had sex with a member of the same sex. The woman, who spoke on BBC Radio 4 while hiding her identity attempted to obtain a divorce citing adultery but was informed by her lawyer that she was unable to. She was instead forced to cite unreasonable behaviour as the reason for divorce with adultery not being an option as he only had affairs with the same member of sex.

Although she opted to divorce him under unreasonable behaviour and that such a citation did not affect the financial outcome when separating she is still attempting to reform the law as she is in the minority of people who: "care hugely about the betrayal and want to know that somebody somewhere has recognised that".

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Ex-Wife Wins All of Husband's Estate

In a landmark case for the UK, a woman has been awarded her ex-husband's entire fortune and estate in a divorce battle.

Enas Aly was awarded the £550,000 assets her ex-husband Dr Essam Aly owned after he allegedly "washed his hands" of his family according to a judge. Despite claiming that the decision was “unfair” the decision against the hospital consultant was deemed fair by judges, with the court stating that he neglected his family when he left the UK.

The judge stated that Dr Aly treated his so badly that his wife and children deserved “the lionshare if not all” of the compensation. Dr Aly had not been paying child support to his ex-wife leading to his wife winning his assets. In total, Enas Aly was awarded the lump sum from the sale of a house as well as £310,000 from her former husband's bank account. Dr Aly had left the UK and stopped paying child support.

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High Profile Celebrity Couple Divorce

Celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have announced that they will be getting a divorce following almost ten years of marriage.

The announcement came following a joint statement on the matter after the mainstream had reported a potential divorce. The couple, who have three children, have confirmed that Affleck will continue to live separately on the same property as Garner for the sake of his children and the family.

According to multiple media sources, the couple is worth at least $150 million and announced their divorce a day after their tenth wedding anniversary. According to numerous sources, the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement but will work with managers, business managers and mediators to negotiate their settlements from the divorce. It has already been announced that they have agreed to share custody of their three children.

The negotiation process could take a relatively long time as although Ben Affleck has had more success on the big screen, a substantial amount of capital comes from syndication from Garner’s former show Alias. The negotiations may also be drawn out over the numerous properties owned by the couple with an LA ranch, a Manhattan apartment, a ski chalet and an 83-acre estate in Georgia.

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Women Challenge Unfair Divorce Settlements

Two women are appealing to have their divorce settlements overturned after they claim they were tricked into accepting unfair divorce settlements.

Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil both claim that they were duped into accepting unfair divorce settlements after their husbands allegedly misled judges about how much they earned and how much they were worth.

The landmark case could have much larger implications for divorce proceedings and could lead to numerous people appealing their divorce settlements.

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Social Media Major Catalyst For Divorce

A new study has revealed that social media is one of the main reasons for many Britons getting a divorce. According to research carried out by Slater and Gordon social media presents a “minefield” for married couples.

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Woman To Make A Divorce Claim 18 Years On

A woman is making a divorce claim against her former husband almost 20 years after their divorce.

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Government Scrap Decision to Raise Divorce Fee

The government has abandoned it’s proposal to raise the fee to issue a divorce following a consultation on court fees.

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Divorce Affecting Scottish Businesses

A group of expert Scottish lawyers have warned that divorce and separations are affecting Scottish businesses.

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Marriages Get Better Over Time

The author of a long-running study into the lives of almost 300 men has spoken about his work at an event hosted by relationship charity OnePlusOne.

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The ‘Valentine’s Effect’ delivers divorce, not romance

Despite being a day of romance, apparently not everyone is dreaming about roses on Valentine’s Day.

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Lengthy military deployments increase divorce risk

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been hard on military marriages, with the risk of divorce rising directly in relation to the length of time enlisted service members have been deployed to combat zones, according to a new American study by the RAND Corporation.

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Marriage rates slow across America

The marriage rate in the U.S. is at its lowest rate for over a century, according to a study conducted by researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University.

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Happy marriages can lead to weight gain

A recent study from America has uncovered a link between the happiness of a marriage and weight gain.

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Marriage and divorce rates across the EU

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published a Special Supplement on Demographic Trends, which is dedicated to recent and historical trends related to population changes and structures, and highlights topics such as fertility, migration, marriage and divorce.

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Impact of education on divorce rate

Married couples who have attained higher levels of education are less likely to divorce than less-educated couples, but a new study conducted at Rutgers School of Social Work points to significant racial differences.

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Divorce records go digital

Ancestry.co.uk, the family history website, has launched online the UK Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1911 – revealing the details of nearly 70,000 divorce proceedings taking place in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Celebrity couples more likely to divorce

An English High Court Judge has issued a warning about the dangers of celebrity couples being viewed as role models by today’s young people. The warning comes as a report from the Marriage Foundation has revealed the divorce rate of celebrity couples (40%) to be double that of non-celebrity couples (20%).

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Working for a divorce

An increased risk of divorce encourages women to work longer hours outside the home, according to new research from LSE.

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Finances causing rifts for American couples

Financial matters are the most common source of discord among American couples, prompting an average of three arguments per month, according to a national telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) by Harris Interactive.

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