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M&S coasters among odd things people fight over in divorce battles

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Coasters from Marks and Spencer have been revealed as among the toughest deal breakers in messy divorce proceedings in the UK.

According to data from Hawkins Family Law Firm and its clients, M&S coasters have been found to be one of the biggest deal breakers in divorce proceedings!

They’ve analysed the most obscure possessions their clients have fought over to reveal…

The top 10 divorce dealbreaker possessions

  1. M&S drinks coasters
  2. A pet parrot
  3. Dogs’ clothes
  4. Star Wars figurines
  5. Great Dane dogs
  6. Antique mirror
  7. Henry the hoover
  8. A dolls house
  9. Grandma’s vintage fruit bowl
  10. Engagement rings

Phillip Hunter, a solicitor at Hawkins Family Law Firm said: “Many of these types of disputes allow the parties to focus on an item(s) in order to play out the wider dispute within a discrete microcosm.

“Frequently, those disputes represent parties looking to exert control, whether as a reflection of wider coercive or controlling behaviour in their former relationship, or as a tough stance as part of a wider negotiating strategy.

“It is very common for some parties to become wrapped up in a dispute over items which are simply not cost proportionate to litigate over.

“With the help of legal representation, it is important to try and take a step back and look at the bigger picture, recognising the difference of an item’s value against its worth”.

Hawkins Family Law Firm has been able to provide some anecdotes about some of the obscure divorce dealbreakers:

M&S drinks coasters – “This was a long, difficult case with little money which is why arguing over drinks coasters was so tough – even when I offered to buy more that did not solve the issue. The inability to let go of the relationship was the issue here.”

A parrot – “This was an old family pet – there were no children and so the parrot had been the child – ultimately the parrot came to court in a taxi covered over and the couple agreed to have shared time with it”.

Star Wars Figurines – “There were no children, pets, or a high value of assets in dispute and it was felt that they were simply looking for something to argue over, with the figurines coming to represent something else in the dispute – whether this was just a way of sticking a proverbial two fingers up to the other (i.e. if you want them, then so do I so you can’t have them), wanting to “win” in an argument that had the possibility of an objective victory (i.e. in the end, somebody was walking away with the figures) or perhaps, they both just really wanted them?!”

Two Great Dane dogs – “The great dames had played a major role in the wedding ceremony and were again like the children of the couple meaning their significance was huge. Notwithstanding the cost and space that was required to care for them the couple eventually agreed a shared ‘custody’ arrangement”.

The recent lockdown has been putting a strain on relationships all around the UK, with the latest Google search data for “How to Get a Divorce” has more than doubled since this time last year.



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