Published: 13/01/2022 10:56
Emma Hitchings is a Professor of Family Law at Bristol University and has undertaken a range of empirical studies on financial remedies and family justice issues. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law and is co-author of Bromley's Family Law (OUP, 2021).
Fair Shares? Sorting Out Money and Property on Divorce
For the 100,000 couples who divorce annually in England and Wales, the financial arrangements they make can determine the future standard of living that they and their children will have. Yet, only a third of them use the legal system to reach a financial settlement, with the remaining two-thirds negotiating their own arrangements or, worse, reaching no settlement at all. Despite numerous calls to reform the law on this issue, very little is known about the detail of how couples negotiate settlements, or of how these work out.
Domestic Abuse in Financial Remedy Cases
While domestic abuse is one of the issues currently at the top of the family law agenda, it is not as prominent in financial remedy work as it is in children work and professional discussion is limited.