Fights over personal possessions hold up divorces

Couple arguing in a divorce

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A fifth of divorces in England and Wales are delayed because of rows between former spouses over inexpensive possessions, a study has said.

Research by family law firm Pannone found that even seven-figure separations were held up because of bitter disputes about ownership of items often worth no more than a few hundred pounds.

Analysis of break-ups handled by the company and colleagues elsewhere across the country showed that ex-husbands and wives were prepared to run up costly legal bills in order to win custody of collections of CDs and paperback books, picture frames, screwdrivers and hairdryers.

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This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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