Professor Gillian Douglas
Published: 24/02/2023 16:23
Gillian Douglas FBA is Professor Emerita at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London and an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn. She is a co-author of Bromley's Family Law, and a former co-editor of Family Law case reports and the Child and Family Law Quarterly. She has led several empirical studies into aspects of family law, including financial arrangements on cohabitation breakdown. She recently chaired the JUSTICE Working Party on Improving access to justice for separating families.
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.