New figures show that more married couples are surviving the seven year itch. The figures from the Office of National Statistics show that divorce rates in the early years of marriage are at their lowest since the 1970s. The number of couples that end their marriage after seven years, famously termed “the seven year itch”,…

A Scientologist couple who won a challenge in the high court have finally married in the church of their choice, the Church of Scientology Chapel in London. Louisa Hodkin and her new husband Alessandro Calcioli took legal action after officials refused to register the Church of Scientology as a place of marriage. The chapel had…

The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has finalised his divorce from Veronica Lario after 24 years of marriage. It is rumoured that the 77 year old former politician now plans to marry Francesca Pascale, 28. Berlusconi’s long marriage turned sour in  May 2009 when his former wife announced their separation by writing an open…

Simon Hughes, the new justice minister, has made it clear that UK courts should be more user friendly. In an interview with the Guardian, Hughes explained that people should feel that they “own” the courts, and that more needs to be done to make sure that people feel comfortable and informed when attending court. Hughes…

The office of National Statistics have released figures that show that there was one divorce every five minutes during the recession in 2012. There were 118,140 divorces in 2012, up 0.5 per cent on 2011. Almost half of these couples split in the first 10 years of marriage. Statisticians at the ONS  have suggested that…

A bill which allows same-sex couples to marry in Scotland has been passed. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was passed by MSP’s in the Scottish Parliament by 105 to 18 votes. The passing of the bill means that the first same-sex marriages could take place as early as Autumn this year.  Scottish ministers…

The Law Commission’s consultation paper has been published in which it considers marital property agreements, otherwise known as prenups. The Law Commission say that current divorce law is “incomplete and uninformative” as well as “inaccessible and difficult to discover”. The paper calls for reform of the current laws that control financial settlements after divorce, including recognising prenups…