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Times are changing and the average age that women and men are getting married is increasing in both England and worldwide.   The average age in England and Wales reported in 2005 was 36 years old for men and 33.6 years for women.

Why are people getting married later?

This could be down to several reasons.  One reason being that in our parents’ generation people did not live together before marriage because it was frowned upon whereas nowadays many people now cohabit before marriage as they see it as an opportunity to see if they are compatible before they take the plunge and get married.  Couples are also perhaps taking into consideration the likely expense of the wedding day, considering the money could be spent on a deposit on a property instead taking into account the rising cost of obtaining mortgages.  Also, perhaps in this day and age people are less religious in their views and therefore marriage is not as important to many as it once was.

The impact of the modern society

In modern society the opportunity for women to have high powered careers is such that in recent times women are holding off the domestic life to pursue their further education and subsequent careers.  They have no rush to settle down at a young age.  More freedom with career choices has meant that women no longer have to depend on a man for financial support and thus enjoy more independence.  However, this does not mean that they do not wish to get married at some stage in their lives.   Are they merely postponing the wedding day until they find themselves in a better position career wise and financially?   Also, going hand in hand with marriage later in life is women having children later than their mothers once did.  It is widely reported in the press that mothers are getting older because women have been making career choices before settling down and thus are having children later on in life.  Therefore does having children change people’s attitudes to marriage?  Perhaps couples who were once happy to cohabit, then wish to get married once they eventually do have children. But does marriage bring them security?

Divorce rates in England and Worldwide

Date: September 27th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

It was reported in National Statistics in 2007 that England and Wales has the fourth highest rate of divorce worldwide with the United Kingdom coming top, then Puerto Rico and Russia before England with 3.08 people per 1,000 people getting divorced. So why is England so high on the list? Our culture impacts on the… Read the full article

Celebrity marriages: destined to fail?

Date: September 14th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

At the start of this year  The Telegraph reported that UK divorce rates are coming down. Statistics from 2008 show that divorce rates at that time were the lowest recorded since 1979. Experts suggested that this was probably because fewer couples are marrying, and those that are do so later in life and are more… Read the full article

Is there a science to predicting who will get divorced?

Date: September 10th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Without the aid of a crystal ball, no one can be sure if a couple will stay together forever.  However, American journalist Anneli Rufus has compiled the findings of numerous past research reports to suggest that certain types of people or certain situations could increase the likehood of divorce. For instance, if a couple has… Read the full article

Do ‘Quickie Divorces’ Exist?

Date: September 7th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The term ‘quickie divorce’ is used a lot by the media when celebrities split up, but do quickie divorces actually exist?  For most people in the UK the answer is no. The reality is that a divorce in the UK will take several months. How many months will depend on the details and complexity of… Read the full article

Not just for the super-rich: pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements

Date: June 30th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Talitha Brookman discusses pre and post nuptial agreements and how they apply in English law. Published in Independent Practitioner. Historically, pre-nuptial agreements in England and Wales have not been given the same weight they are in countries with similar legal systems, such as Australia and the United States. In England or Wales, even though a… Read the full article

Financial Times Wealth Questions: what happens if a spouse files for bankruptcy during divorce?

Date: June 12th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Divorce Solicitor, Henry Brookman addresses the impact of recession-induced bankruptcy during divorce. Printed in the Financial Times. After the wife of a successful businessman learns her husband intends to file for bankruptcy during their divorce, she asks the FT what her options are. Henry Brookman provides the advice. Will you be entitled to a financial… Read the full article

Bankruptcy during divorce: what you can learn from Scot and Michelle Young

Date: June 2nd, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman discusses what happens when a spouse is declared bankrupt during or after a divorce. Published in Moneyhighstreet.com. One of Britain’s biggest divorce cases between property tycoon Scot Young and his wife Michelle has gained significant coverage in recent weeks. This is due to Mr Young declaring himself bankrupt during divorce proceedings, leaving his… Read the full article

International Child Abduction: What Rights Do Parents Have?

Date: March 25th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman discusses the issues surrounding the rising number of international child abduction cases. Published in Solicitors Journal. The issue of child abduction was again under the spotlight when six-year-old Nadia Fawzi was recently returned to her mother after being abducted by her father and taken to Libya in 2007. There has been a steady… Read the full article


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