In recent weeks there have been several national publications commenting that divorce is worse for men’s health than it is for women. But is this really true, and if it is, why?

The recent press coverage arose from a study conducted by the Journal of Men’s Heath. The study suggested that getting divorced could affect men’s health and even their life expectancy.

However, on closer inspection of the study and its findings, the true issue for men related much more to how they coped with their divorce. In some cases, the man’s health may deteriorate because he’s decided to ‘go off the rails’ after divorcing; changing his eating and drinking habits, and for example the study suggests, being more likely to practice substance abuse.  Of course, substance abuse can seriously affect anyone’s health, but clearly the majority of divorced men won’t fall into this category.

The study, which largely focuses on one example of a man’s experience of divorce, suggested that this particular man coped less well with his new lifestyle after divorcing – the man admitted to drinking a six-pack of beer a day and not surprisingly, was often tired and irritable in the mornings after poor sleep.  But is that a true reflection of men in general?

Divorce can obviously be stressful for both parties and indeed both should be aware of how they are coping during and after their divorce. It is however too simplistic to state that ‘divorce is bad for men’s health’.  Many men (and indeed women) are more satisfied after they divorce because they are able to move on from a marriage that wasn’t making them happy.

Should you spend more on the ring than the pre-nup?

Date: January 10th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Statistically January is the month when most marriages break down. There are a number of reasons that are said to be behind this including financial strain and the overwhelming amount of time spent with your significant other half over the Christmas break. Also many people hold it together in the run-up to Christmas before facing… Read the full article

Babies born in Marriage or Civil Partnership under 53%

Date: January 7th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Office for International Statistics has published figures for 2012 to show that the proportion of babies born within a marriage or civil partnership has fallen to 52.5%.  Last year 383,189 babies were born to mothers who were in a marriage or a civil partnership.  346,485 were born to mothers who were not in such… Read the full article

Prison terms in family proceedings

Date: January 3rd, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Father jailed again for non-return of child… Mr Justice Holman has again jailed a father for contempt arising from his refusal to return his small daughter to the United Kingdom. During a family holiday in Egypt in December 2011 he put his daughter in the care of family members there. He returned to England, and… Read the full article

Does A “Clean Break” Settlement Sound Attractive?

Date: November 27th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

There is one thing that divorcing couples all have in common, by the end of the process they want to put the whole episode behind them.  So when someone offers a “clean break” settlement it sounds a terribly attractive phrase.  In fact it is an elephant trap. In the majority of marriages there is economic… Read the full article


Date: November 25th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Court of Appeal very recently dealt with an interesting if complicated legal argument concerning foreign proceedings.  The case concerned a husband and wife, both Indian Nationals and both living in India.  They lived together in England for two years, from 2007 to 2009.  The wife moved back to India in 2010, and the husband… Read the full article

The unwitting bigamists?

Date: November 18th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

You may have seen in the national press recently that 180 Italian couples had their divorces obtained in England annulled. Divorce in Italy is a lengthy, convoluted process and it can at times be costly. It seems that the couples in question decided that England would be a much quicker and simpler alternative for them… Read the full article

How To Stop A Child Abduction

Date: November 11th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A number of years ago I acted for a father in a bitterly contested set of residence (traditionally known as “custody”) proceedings involving a six year old girl (with a foreign born mother).  It culminated in a two day final hearing. We achieved a joint residence order for our client, but at the end of… Read the full article

Research suggests that divorce can be a ‘collective phenomenon’

Date: November 5th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A study conducted by Brown University in the US has concluded that in some cases, a couple are more likely to divorce if the members of their social group are also divorced. The research identified ‘clusters’ of divorces amongst social groups. The findings suggest that when a couple in a particular social group choose to… Read the full article

Is Divorce Really Bad For Men’s Health?

Date: October 25th, 2013 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

In recent weeks there have been several national publications commenting that divorce is worse for men’s health than it is for women. But is this really true, and if it is, why? The recent press coverage arose from a study conducted by the Journal of Men’s Heath. The study suggested that getting divorced could affect… Read the full article

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