Fiona Wood

Shifting Grounds: Changing Society and the Reasons for Divorce

Fiona Wood | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Filing for divorce because of adultery is no longer as common as it once was. Only 20 years ago, it was blamed for one-in-four divorces. Now, it is the primary factor in less than one-sixth of cases. On the other hand, complaints of unreasonable behaviour have steadily increased. It now accounts for almost half of all divorces.

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

Fiona Wood | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.

Same-Sex Marriage? Different Problems

Fiona Wood | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

A number of US states deny same-sex couples either form of legal union but are happy to conduct divorce proceedings for those gay couples whose marriages do not last the course. In Europe, things are equally unclear.

Lifting the Veil: Tycoons, Divorce and Enforcement

Fiona Wood | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Fiona Wood

The judgement does not provide carte blanche for parting couples to raid each other's company stakes. However, lifting the "corporate veil" a little higher means that someone's unwillingness to give a former spouse their rightful share of assets just because they may be formally owned by a business is a less sturdy defence than it has been before.

Is Divorce 'Too Easy'?

Fiona Wood | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Having dealt with many divorces over the course of my career as a Family lawyer, I do not think that I would be too wide of the mark in suggesting that many people regard divorce as one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives.

BoJo, billionaires and 'divorce tourism'

Fiona Wood | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

The proportion of foreign cases being heard in London remains high, even if there is evidence that the kind of settlements being awarded are slightly less generous than they were in previous years.

A Costly Foreign Affair: Divorcees and Falling Overseas Property Prices

Fiona Wood | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK
Fiona Wood

It might sound unromantic but considering what might happen to overseas assets in the event of a break-up and even formalising those plans in something like a post-nup agreement could forestall difficulties between partners - even if it can't ward off a global recession.

What They Really, Really Want? Divorce 'Penalty' for Women's Success At Work and Home

Fiona Wood | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Sometimes women find it difficult to accept that courts do not take into account housework and childcare - what has been described by some as "marital minutiae" - when deciding what a fair settlement would be.

Field of Gold: Farmers, the Divorce Courts and a Very Different Cash Crop

Claire Reid | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK
Claire Reid

Residential property prices in the UK currently resemble something of a curate's egg slightly past its sell-by date.

Defusing Domestic Rows and Saving Cash? We've Got an App for That!

Fiona Wood | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Whether married or not, many spouses and cohabitees are understandably keen to resume their newly single lives with as much financial security as possible. That necessity is magnified when there are children to take care of and provide for.

Risk of Recession Fuels Rise in 'HP Divorces'

Ed Kitchen | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Kitchen

There are few words in the English language which generate such a response as 'recession'.

Recession Reality Bites For Divorcing British Couples

Fiona Wood | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Britain's financial climate is every bit as chilly as the inclement wintry weather at the moment. Politicians, bankers and business titans are struggling hard to maintain confidence in the economy as evidence mounts of a possible return to recession.