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Fifty shades of collaboration

As the media storm and consumer frenzy continues to swirl around the book Fifty Shades of Grey, which is being credited with everything from encouraging a baby boom to bringing fire back into bedrooms, putting the spice back into a failing relationship can only be a good thing according to Linder Myers.

New measures introduced last year, to encourage couples to mediate issues arising from their divorce, have so far had little impact on the number of cases reaching the Courts. However, the interest and sensation around the books may be having an impact on improving the nation’s relationships, according to experts.

Janet Fleming, family partner at Linder Myers Solicitors said: “Divorce rates in the UK rose by 4.9 per cent in 2010, the first increase since 2003 which could be blamed on a number of factors not least the financial pressures felt as a result of the recession. Fifty Shades of Grey has caused quite a stir and appears to be giving some couples the missing piece of excitement that makes all the difference in their relationship.

“If a relationship has reached the point of no return, as many have by the time they seek our advice, a collaborative approach is always encouraged to help make this often painful process less traumatic particularly when children are involved. Communication, or the lack of it, is often at the bottom of many relationship break ups.”

According to the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, divorce rates are highest amongst 30 to 49 year olds. A significantly higher number of women instigate divorce up to the age of 35 when the numbers even out between the sexes but the figures are weighted significantly towards men being the instigators from aged 50 plus.



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