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Experience counts for everything in the divorce process

Our firm, Benussi & Co, was founded 16 years ago – yet we can call upon 150 years of experience. Between us – that’s 25 partners and staff – we have been guiding people through the divorce process for a century and a half!

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Itching for a divorce?

The “seven-year itch”, made famous by the 1955 film of the same name, is a phenomenon based on the assumption that marital dissatisfaction kicks in after seven years – and the temptation to be unfaithful becomes irresistible.

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Why divorce can be good for business

According to a survey published this week, being married is more important than education or having a mortgage to service in helping the unemployed get back to work. The research found that married men are 33 per cent more likely to find a job after being made redundant than those who are single or divorced.

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When divorce can make you feel suicidal

This week, Kevin McGee, the former civil partner of actor and comedian Matt Lucas, was found dead in his flat after apparently hanging himself. He was 32.

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Time to stop 50-50 divorce settlements?

One of the country’s most senior family lawyers, Baroness Deech, has criticised court awards to ex-wives of half a couple’s wealth. She says settlements that keep women in comfort at the expense of their former husbands should be scrapped – on the basis they are unfair to men and demeaning to women.

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When staying married, even in your 60s, can be The Weakest Link

She is known as “The Queen of Mean” thanks to her acerbic presentation style on The Weakest Link. Yet even someone as tough and resilient as Anne Robinson found divorce to be an extremely painful process.

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Don’t fling your fortune away

Pictures of Samantha Burke showing off her baby bump have appeared on the internet. The part-time model, who is seven months’ pregnant, looks happy and excited. As well she might do. For the 24-year-old American is believed to be demanding nearly £90,000 a year from the baby’s father, British actor Jude Law – £6,000-a-month child maintenance and £1,200 a month for rent and bills.

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Warning: divorce can seriously damage your health (but so can staying in an unhappy marriage)

Divorce severely damages people’s long-term health, even if they remarry, according to new research. The impact of marriage breakdown or the death of a spouse continues to have a “lingering, detrimental” effect on physical wellbeing because it affects the body’s immune system, says a study carried out at the University of Chicago and John Hopkins University, Baltimore. This is despite the fact someone may have moved on emotionally and found happiness in another relationship.

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Truly, madly, deeply?

Being madly in love is widely seen as the best recipe for a successful marriage. According to research published this month, however, love is little

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Settling out of court can help to take the bitterness out of divorce

The first high profile ex-couple to feel the effect of new legislation that allows the media into family courts in England and Wales are Earl Spencer and his estranged wife Caroline.

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