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Fighting your client's corner during a divorce does not mean adopting a bullish stance; an amicable approach is just as likely to get the right results

18 December 2015

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has recently published their latest bulletin, presenting the annual statistics on divorces that took place in England and Wales in 2013. The figures show a decrease of 2.9 per cent from 2012 in the number of people getting divorced and indicate that the previous estimate of 42 per cent of marriages ending in divorce is reducing.

Much of the commentary surrounding the statistics has focused on attributing the decrease to couples living together before marriage, either making the relationship less likely to break down or conversely, 'filtering out weaker relationships from progressing to marriage'.

Others have pointed out that cohabitee relationship breakdown is not taken into account by the statistics and with cohabitation continuing to swiftly rise as a family-type in the UK, the recent figures showing a decline in divorce rates may...

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