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Politicians 'divorce' mirrors growing trend in over 50s calling time on their marriages

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In the Times today it is reported that Senior Tories have begun to plan for the divorce of their party from the Liberal Democrats. This mirrors a growing trend in couples in their 50s calling time on their marriage.

There is no doubt that a break-up is painful and expensive. Couples should always try to salvage their marriage if that is possible. But we only live once and if life together has become unbearable then couples owe it to each other to be honest and attempt to achieve an amicable separation.

The key to this is communication. Talking openly and honestly is the best way forward.

It also pays to be well informed. Taking legal advice from an experienced family lawyer will demystify the legal process and give you a good idea about what will happen with the money and the property and most importantly with the children if there are any. A good lawyer will also help you to reflect on whether the relationship is really over or whether there are ways in which you can save the marriage. Talking to a family lawyer can help you to decide   on what is best for you and your family.

By managing partner of the family law department, Mike Devlin