Happy 11th birthday to the blog

On the 19 October 2007, the very first post on this blog was published. Titled, determined women close the gender gap, it sounds as relevant today as it did back then. Back then it talked of the progress made to close the gender gap but also called for more to be done. Sadly, a discussion that remains on-going in these #metoo times.

Since that first post, there have been…

  • Over 7,000 posts published
  • Over 3 million visitors
  • Over 6 million page views
  • Over 24,000 comments

The most popular post recorded is the Top 10 myths of adultery with over 192,000 page views.

Back in 2007, the iPhone was launched, Tony Blair stepped down as Prime Minister and the smoking ban came into effect for all public spaces.

Over in family law, it was reported in The Guardian that the number of divorces had fallen to a 29-year low with family lawyers suggesting the drop could be down to record divorce settlements putting people off getting married in the first place. Sound familiar?

It was in 2007 that research revealed that the 8th January was, what it is now known as Divorce Day: the most popular day of the year to initiate divorce proceedings with Christmas often the final nail in the marital coffin. Something that is still true to this day and heavily reported in the media.

2007 was also the year that it was reported that Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich may have to hand over a £6billion slice of his then fortune to his ex-wife as part of their divorce. However, the final settlement figure was reported at €213 million. A significant reduction from the figures in the sensationalist media reports. The misreporting of high-profile and celebrity divorces is something that we are still discussing on the blog, the last post being just yesterday.

So, what will we be discussing in 10 years’ time? Whilst impossible to predict the future, the trends in divorce will be driven by the changing face of the modern family in the UK. More diverse blended families, less marriages, more cohabitation and perhaps finally, no-fault divorce.

Whatever the future brings, here’s to 10 more years of family law meeting family life.

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