Hello, Goodbye! The shocking state of celebrity marriages

So you want to be famous? Or perhaps married to somebody famous?Be careful what you wish for. Celebrities may have the glamour. the fame and very often the money. They may be fabulous at acting, singing, presenting or sports. Some have mastered the art of being famous. even if nobody quite knows why. However, as…

Don’t stay together for the sake of the children?

“Don’t stay together for the sake of the children” trumpets the family law organisation Resolution in today’s Guardian, following their new survey of 514 young people aged 14-22 who had experienced parental separation an average of ten years earlier. 82% of these young people said that “I’d rather my parents separated or divorced rather than stay together if…

Out of the blue divorces

Imagine you’re a divorce lawyer – and indeed you may be. Now imagine that every time one of your clients comes to see you to finalise their divorce papers, you routinely ask them a couple of questions about the state of their marriage. Six months to a year before the divorce, you ask, how happy were…

Divorced dads: for worse, for better

My dad was just 61 when he died. I never had the deep and meaningful relationship with him that I craved. From the day he divorced my mother when I was aged three, I probably saw him a couple of times a year. On those occasions, we got on extremely well and I enjoyed his…

Does divorce always damage children?

A new study has just come out concluding that whether parents cooperate or not makes little difference to how children cope with divorce. So ‘Does divorce always damage children?’ became the rather loaded topic of discussion for the lunchtime show at a local BBC radio station today, to which I was asked to contribute. (You can listen again…