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…

I’m a champion of marriage. And a hypocrite.

I wonder if there are any smokers in the government. Or overweight people. Or those who drink too much. Or drivers who speed. Or maybe MPs who bend the rules with their expenses. In fact anyone who falls short. Because if there are, they shouldn’t be backing policies aimed at restricting smokers, or promoting good health,…