Figures show a surge in “double divorces”

A growing number of individuals are returning to court to try and win more money from their former partner following divorce, new figures show.

According to official High Court statistics, financial remedy hearings across England and Wales increased from 14,960 in 2012 to 29,060 last year.

Jo Edwards, from the family law association Resolution, believes that cuts in legal aid may have played a part in the recent phenomena.

Others in the legal profession have attributed the increasing trend for so-called “double divorces” to the economic recovery.

It is thought that when the country was in the depths of recession, many couples may have agreed to informally divide assets – an attempt to keep their costs down.

Now the nation’s finances are looking rather healthier, many individuals are seeing a surge in their ex-partner’s finances and deciding to try and win a better settlement.

And without a binding legal agreement in place, no time limit is imposed on pursuing a further financial claim.

The situation has led to a number of high-profile cases, not least the legal wrangling between millionaire businessman Dale Vince and his ex-wife Kathleen Wyatt.

In a landmark ruling, a Judge gave Ms Wyatt permission to seek a payout some 30 years after the couple had received their decree absolute.