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So you think your business will have recovered in two years’ time? Then get divorced now!

An increasing number of entrepreneurs are putting off formally ending their marriages because they believe a divorce settlement will be the “final nail in the coffin” for businesses that have fallen victim to the economic downturn.

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Whatever else you do after divorce – stay in touch with the kids

Nearly one in three children is living with only one of their parents. Researchers have found there are nearly 3.8 million such children in this country, the great majority of them in single-parent families. More than half rarely see their missing parent, according to a study published this week by the Office for National Statistics.

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Forget the “spark” of romance – it’s the slow burn of friendship that matters more

Actress Helen Mirren says she is resigned to the fact that romance will never be a big part of her relationship with husband Taylor Hackford.

But the Oscar-winner isn’t complaining – far from it. She says her husband gives her loyalty and honesty, which in her book is more important than wine and roses.

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Before bemoaning your partner – take a look in the mirror

A typical low point of life-after-divorce is sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon imagining that everyone else is having a lovely time. I remember

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Love is….sharing the housework (and lots more besides)

Marriages are much more likely to last the course if husbands muck in with the chores and the housework. So says one of the latest surveys to be published.

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How divorce can put the fizz back into your life

This week I was at a top London hotel, as the guest of a private bank, for a small, intimate women-only event. With me were five past and present clients of Benussi & Co.

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Revenge is a dish best served cold – and better still not at all

After a furious row with their spouse or lover, many people’s instinct is to jump into the car and flee. But a new survey says driving after a heated argument with a partner has been responsible for nearly 2.5 million accidents. One in 12 drivers in relationships admitted crashing following a tiff, with one in three saying they have seen red and taken off in the car following a row.

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Even the nice guys get divorced

What a week it’s been for the crumbling of “nice guy” celebrity marriages. First we heard the news that popular cheeky-chappy Mark Owen from boy band Take That had cheated on his long-term partner, now wife, with no fewer than ten women; then we learned the personable, down-to-earth Kate Winslet had split up from her second husband, Sam Mendes.

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It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference

One of the things I encounter fairly regularly in my job is one half of a couple – usually the woman – contemplating a new career in counselling. This is particularly common among wives who have devoted much of their adult lives to bringing up a family and, once the family has flown the nest, need something “meaningful” to fill the emotional void.

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Why inertia can be a recipe for a long and happy marriage

I am friends with a couple who have been married for 40 years. Some time ago I asked them: “What’s your secret?” The husband’s prompt

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