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Property Tycoon Facing UK’s Largest Divorce Settlement

A property tycoon who sits on the board of Formula One team Lotus is facing one of the largest divorce settlements seen in the UK after it was announced that he was splitting from his wife after 18 years.

Andy Ruhan, who is estimated to be worth more than £200 million began divorce proceedings last year ending almost 20 years of marriage. However, according to the Sunday Times a divorce settlement may be delayed due to a disagreement with business partners. Mr Ruhan is being sued by his former business partners for a share of the profits from the sale of 37 Thistle hotels in the mid-2000s, but the case is not due to be heard at the High Court until next year.

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Commitment to marriage

Psychologists at UCLA have recently carried out a study to find out what commitment to marriage really means. A deeper level of commitment, the psychologists report, is a much better predictor of lower divorce rates and fewer problems in marriage.

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Divorce at a younger age is harder to cope with

A recent study from Michigan State University has found that divorce at a younger age hurts people’s health more than divorce later in life.

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More over-60s are getting divorced

There has been a rise in the number of people in the over-60 age group getting divorced in the UK, reports the Telegraph. Over a two year period, figures have risen by 4%, taking the number of over-60s granted a divorce to around 11,500 a year.

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First-time divorce rate tied to education and race

New research from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) in America shows there is substantial variation in the first-time divorce rate when it is broken down by race and education. There is also evidence that a college degree has a protective effect against divorce among all races.

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'Growing apart' the most common reason for divorce

According to data from Grant Thornton's 2011 Matrimonial Survey, growing apart was the most common reason given by respondents to explain why couples got divorced.

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