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There are many important considerations when going through divorce, but four out of five Brits believe that putting children’s interests first is right at the top of the list. Next comes avoiding conflict, according to a recent survey by family law association Resolution.

The group has launched a new advice guide, ’Separating Together: Your options for separation and divorce,’ designed to help separating couples understand and explore non-court based methods of resolving issues arising on the breakdown of a relationship.

“People have good intentions to prioritise the well-being of children and to avoid conflict during separation, but this can often be derailed by a lack of knowledge of non-court based options and an exposure to the adversarial nature of courts. Something is going very wrong, and often the result is emotionally and financially drained parents and deeply distressed children,” said Jo Edwards, Vice Chair of Resolution.

“However, there is another way. We’ve launched this guide because we want separating couples to know about non-confrontational alternatives to court. These methods can help prevent separation and divorce from being needlessly adversarial, and often can benefit the whole family through fairer settlements and by prioritising the interests of children,” he added.


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Recent research has revealed that 21.6 million Brits have held onto photographs of former partners following a break-up.

The research, from Friends Reunited, also found that women are more sentimental than men, with 61% claiming they keep the photos as they highlight a part of their life they don't want to forget, versus 56% of men.

However, men may be hiding more from their partners than their other halves realise. One in five men (20%) in a current relationship who have photos of their ex-partners say they have hidden photos of an ex fearing disapproval from their new partner, compared to only 9% of women.

Corinne Sweet, behavioral psychologist said:

"The point at which people are able to put an ex-partner's photo away (after a split, divorce or death) is usually the time they are emotionally ready to move on. Yet, it is totally understandable for people to keep photos to remind them of previous loves, as, indeed, these images do form part of our life stories - whether for better or for worse."

Website, Netmums, has recently carried out a survey of its members to find out more about the current state of relationships in the UK and what factors can place relationships in jeopardy.

The survey found that around 50% of respondents reported their relationship to be “good” or “strong”, but 14% said their relationship was currently “rocky”. A further 25% of respondents were not sure whether they would still be with their current partner in ten years time.

Around two thirds of members polled felt that it was much harder now to maintain a relationship than it was a generation ago. Just under 40% blamed this on the fact that more mums are now going out to work.

Having children was found to put additional strain on a relationship, with around four fifths of respondents saying the resulting exhaustion had a negative effect on their relationship. Money worries and lack of time alone as a couple were also reported as pressure points.

New research from dating site,, has found a growing number of women would rather date a mature divorced man than someone younger than themselves.

According to the survey:

  • 12% of single women would rather date a divorcee than someone younger, which amounts to an estimated 655,000 single women.
  • An estimated 48,000 single women in the UK admit they are actively looking for a divorced man to date.
  • Around 2% of respondents (892,000) said they have recently broken up with their partner, or are in the process of breaking up with their partner.

Women cite better relationship experience as the main attraction to divorced men (12%), along with an increased likelihood that they'll be sensitive to their partner's needs (8%) and the fact they've demonstrated serious commitment in the past (7%).

A quarter of women also admit they would not be deterred by children from another relationship.


The Law Commission has recently announced that, at the request of the Ministry of Justice, it is to undertake a targeted review of two aspects of the law that entitles married couples and civil partners to claim financial provision from one another on divorce or dissolution of their partnership.

The Commission will examine the extent to which one party should be required to meet the other's needs after the relationship has ended. It will also consider how what is known as “non-matrimonial property” (acquired by either party prior to the marriage or civil partnership, or received by gift or inheritance) should be treated on divorce or dissolution.

Professor Elizabeth Cooke, the Law Commissioner with responsibility for family law, said:

“We are delighted that the Ministry of Justice has asked us to undertake this very important review. When two people bring their marriage or civil partnership to an end it is vital that the law assists them to resolve their financial arrangements as quickly and fairly as possible. The current law creates too much potential for uncertainty and for inconsistent outcomes. In particular, the extent to which one party should be required to meet the other's financial needs is far from clear. Likewise, there is uncertainty over the treatment of property brought into the relationship or inherited by one of the parties.”


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The relationship support charity, Relate, has seen a 116% increase since December in the number of people calling its helpline for relationship support.

Analysis of the calls received has shown that the biggest issues causing relationship breakdown were:

  • Arguments  36%
  • Affairs  20%
  • Sex    9%
  • Stress   9%
  • Money   7%

The charity has also seen a 60% increase in visitors to their website.

Relate conducted a survey before Christmas and found the most common causes of fireworks over the Christmas period were identified as personality clashes (14%) and not agreeing on what to do over the break (10%). The survey also revealed that people are most likely to argue with their partner (29%) or their children (13%).

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Recent research has found that 27% of married or cohabiting couples in Britain argue more about money than anything else.

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