Think divorce and it is difficult not to recall the late-80s Hollywood classic The War of the Roses and vivid scenes of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner knocking lumps out of each other. Or, more recently, the sight of Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia — the divorce specialist solicitor known as the Steel Magnolia — emerging from the Family Court with her client, Sir Paul McCartney, her hair drenched after the former Beatle’s ex-wife tipped a pitcher of water over her head
Divorce is riven with high emotion and often irrational behaviour. It is by its nature combative, but lawyers are increasingly arguing that it does not have to be that way.
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