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No Such Thing as Gay Adultery in The UK

A woman has been unable to divorce her husband on the grounds of adultery because he did not commit adultery as he only had an affair with men.

Rather than citing adultery from her husband of 20 years, the woman was forced to cite unreasonable behaviour as the reason for the divorce. The man had affairs with at least ten different men throughout their marriage, and despite denying everything, the woman began divorce proceedings.

The matter, which came to light following a BBC Radio 4 phone in has since received national attention. According to the woman, she assumed that two of the grounds for divorce would be open to her in adultery and unreasonable behaviour, however, she was informed by her lawyer that adultery was not an option.

Although the woman citing for divorce could still obtain a separation through citing unreasonable behaviour as grounds, and that the issue did not affect the financial settlement, she told the BBC that she was in the minority of people in her situation who "care hugely about the betrayal and want to know that somebody somewhere has recognised that"

"It completely cuts underneath your sense of yourself, your sense of your marriage and you wonder why you were married to this person in the first place, did they ever love you?"

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Ex-Wife Wins All Husbands Assets in Landmark Case

In a landmark case in the UK, an ex-wife has been awarded all of her husband’s assets and his entire £550,000 fortune.

Dr Essam Aly, a hospital consultant, lost his entire fortune to his ex-wife Enas Aly after allegedly stating that he “washed his hands” of his family. Despite appealing that the ruling was unfair, the judge ruled that the initial settlement was fitting as he had neglected his family.

Dr Aly took the decision to the Appeals Court, but the judge stated in the appeal that the consultant did not deserve a penny of his fortune after abandoning his family. Dr Aly had not been paying child support to his ex-wife leading to his wife winning his assets. In total, Enas Aly was awarded the lump sum from the sale of a house as well as £310,000 from her former husband's bank account. Dr Aly had left the UK and stopped paying child support.

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Double Divorces on the Rise in the UK

The number of “double divorces” in the UK has more than doubled in the last year with a higher amount of coverage in the mainstream press being one of the main factors, according to experts.

A high number of disgruntled partners have returned to court to try and obtain more capital or settlements despite the divorce already going through. Official figures from the High Court showed that the number of cases rose from 14,690 in 2013 to 29,060 in 2014 in England and Wales.

Divorce lawyers and experts state that some high profile and widely discussed cases were the main reason for the stark rise in the amount of cases seen by the High Court.  The case of millionaire Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, in particular, was cited as one of the main reasons for a rise. The millionaire's wife Kathleen Wyatt was given permission by the Supreme Court to seek a payout 30 years after divorce proceedings had been finished.

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Social Media Significant Factor in Marriage Issues

According to research carried out by Slater and Gordon a quarter of couples argue due to their partners use of social media.

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Worker Left “Homeless” Following Divorce

A millionaire has stated that his divorce, which saw his wife obtain 80% of the family property, has left him too poor to get on the housing ladder.

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Calls For Fixed Fees Regarding Divorce

High Court Judge Mr Justice Mostyn has called for fixed fees and a cap on costs following a couple running up bills of just under £1 million in a divorce settlement.

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Child Welfare Held To Be Sufficient Grounds To Change Names Of Children

The process of the breakdown of a marriage all too frequently becomes unpleasant due to the resentment the parties feel for each other. These disagreements are additionally fuelled by the complication of financial matters and childcare.

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Child Welfare Held To Be Sufficient To Change Names Of Children for Protection

The process of the breakdown of a marriage all too frequently becomes unpleasant due to the resentment the parties feel for each other. These disagreements are additionally fuelled by the complication of financial matters and childcare.

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Sun, Sea and Separation: Legal Considerations for Taking Children on Holiday

For separated parents, on top of all other considerations when going on holiday with children, there is also the added element of making sure that the legal implications of taking children away are considered.

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Calls for Government to scrap flawed child poverty targets

Crude and flawed yardsticks for measuring child poverty should be scrapped and replaced with a range of new indicators reflecting the true causes of deprivation, according to a think-tank.

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