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Why divorce rates are falling

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Recent data tells us that from 2008 – 2016 divorce rates in the United States declined by approximately 18%. This decline cuts against a decades-long steady increase in the percentage of people getting divorced. Even more interesting is that at a time when divorce has never been so widely accepted, the rates of divorce are shrinking and experts anticipate that the rates will further drop in the coming years. Why? Jonathan D. Brooks is a family law attorney at Mesa-based Udall Shumway PLC. In a new paper, sociologist Philip Cohen from the University of Maryland analyzed rates of divorce among [...]

The connect between hard times and litigation

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You see it every time, yet whenever it happens, it catches people off-guard. Economic sluggishness has a habit of exerting pressure in systems, both professional and personal, as ties come under strain and misunderstandings blow up into the open. Litigation cases spike regardless of the issue, and litigators capitalise on this phenomena. Often, this comes at a significant toll to the relationship that had exited hitherto. In this economy, litigation comes as the price that society pays for “modernisation”. Litigators often fall victim to their own imaginations in this process. This is, after all, built into the system when they’re [...]

Ant McPartlin ‘told off’ by judge for not turning up to divorce hearing as he ‘walks dog instead’

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Ant McPartlin reportedly failed to make his divorce hearing (Picture: Splash News) Ant McPartlin was reportedly told off by a judge after he failed to show up to his own divorce hearing. The 42-year-old is said to have been called out for his absence by Mr Justice Mostyn and allegedly told that he couldn’t use his fame as an excuse. Ant was allegedly put in his place after reportedly not joining his lawyers for a preliminary hearing at London’s High Court. Talking to QC, Ant’s barrister Jonathan Southgate claimed: ‘There isn’t one law for the famous and one for the [...]

Meghan Markle made her first husband sign a ‘pregnancy contract’ so he would pay for a personal trai…

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MEGHAN Markle reportedly made her first husband sign a "pregnancy contract" so he would pay for a personal trainer so she could stay in shape if she gave birth. According to reports, the actress was concerned about her appearance so she made Trevor Engelson pay for a nutritionist and nanny if they had kids. Getty Images Meghan Markle reportedly forced Trevor Engelson to sign a "pregnancy contract" Pregnant Meghan Markle cries tears of laughter as school kids in Tonga sing a comedy song about mosquitoes It comes just weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan announced they are expecting their first child [...]

Unmarried couples entitlements and cohabitation agreements

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How do cohabitants rights differ to that of a married couple/civil partnership? On a divorce or dissolution, married couples/civil partners have a right to a fair share of any assets that they own, and the Court will have discretion to consider the circumstances and history of the relationship to make an order which includes, for example, the sale or transfers of property; pension sharing orders, a transfer of shares in a business, for one party to pay the other maintenance. This is not an exhaustive list of the various orders that could be considered on the breakdown of a marriage. [...]

A Fair Divorce is NOT a Legal Process

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Divorce ought to be a process of uncoupling and physical separation with a legal component, among others. October 29, 2018 by Sinta Ebersohn 4 Comments — Divorce should not be an unfair legal process. It ought to be a process of un-coupling and physical separation with among others, a legal component. What happens to us when we get divorced? We feel sad, disappointed, disillusioned, angry and afraid of what lies ahead. Our biggest concerns are about being able to afford a divorce and we feel anxious about losing everyone we hold dear and everything we regard as valuable. We have generations [...]

Leaders in Law 2018: Asking Insurers to Pay For Defense of Litigation

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Liability insurance can help companies decrease the financial burden of litigation. When an insurer agrees to participate in the defense of litigation there are certain practical points that all insureds should keep in mind to maximize their protection. For example, if a company’s insurer agrees to defend it without any “reservation of right,” meaning that the insurer has fully accepted coverage and hired a lawyer to defend the insured, (1) the insurer generally gets to pick the lawyer, and (2) the insured generally should have very little expectation that its conversations with the retained lawyer are privileged vis a vis [...]