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Monthly Archives: January 2021

The number of divorces actually fell in 2020 compared to 2019 – for good reason

January 23, 2021 Speech Box

There’s a good reason why the number of divorces has recently fallen, writes Louise Barretto, Head of our Family Law team. According to data reported by FT Adviser the number of divorces in the UK ‘unexpectedly fell’, by 8 per Read more …

Supreme Court’s judgement in F v M (2020) shines much needed light on definition of coercive and controlling behaviour

January 18, 2021 Speech Box

I’ve written previously about the unsatisfactory way in which our courts and (some) professionals deal with issues of domestic abuse that do not involve physical violence.  These kinds of cases can often show coercive and controlling behaviour by one party Read more …

High street retailer Poundland launches a new range… of ‘divorce items’

January 14, 2021 Speech Box

No, it isn’t April Fool’s day, Poundland really has decided to cash in on January being one of the unhappiest months for estranged couples, writes Louise Barretto, Head of our Family team. (I’m sure it was absolutely not a smoke Read more …

As in life as in the Law – senior judge tells us all not to leave deadlines to the last minute

January 11, 2021 Speech Box

One of the unintended consequences of the Family Division being prepared to conduct so much of our cases remotely is that it has extended the working day, writes Louise Barretto, Head of our Family Law team. It might surprise many Read more …