High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge launched his new Marriage Foundation today in a bid to lower the numbers of relationships that end in divorce.
The independent charity will declare marriage to be the “gold standard for relationships,” according to reports, coming up with practical assistance and suggesting government policies to reduce divorce levels.
Speaking on BBC radio, Sir Paul declared divorce to be “one of the most destructive scourges of our time” and was partly due to “a ‘Hello! magazine’ attitude to marriage,” to which he added: “I am not knocking Hello! magazine. I read it frequently. I normally find people in there are within my court with a year or two.”
Sir Paul sits in the Family Division of the High Court, a familiar venue for divorce lawyers throughout the decades. He has frequently spoken out on the issue of marriage and family breakdown – and estimates that some 3.8 million children were embroiled in the family justice system every year due to divorce.
Government figures show that marriage rates have decreased by over 50 per cent in the past 40 years.…
The London Evening Standard reported this week how the flood of super-rich residents from overseas are making London the “divorce capital of the world”, with multi-billion pound legal actions being brought by celebrities and eastern European oligarchs.
The paper said that a combination of the UK’s low tax regime for the rich and the highly-regarded nature of the family courts system has led to a surge in “divorce tourism,” with “star divorce lawyers” raking in massive fees from clients such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and record £48 million divorcee Beverley Charman.
Another big name divorce lawyer is Fiona Shackleton, who most know of for having a jug of water emptied over her head by Heather Mills when she was Sir Paul McCartney’s counsel in his divorce case – but who has also helped the divorces of luminaries such as the Duke and Duchess of York.
Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag acted for German heiress Katrin Radmacher when she sought a divorce in 2010, and she told the Standard that “England’s global reputation for giving generous payouts to wives has also made it an attractive jurisdiction in which to file for divorce.”…