The portrayal of a marital affair in a BBC drama: A family lawyer's perspective

Insights / / Bristol

BBC’s latest drama, ‘7:39’,  covers an extra marital affair between two London commuters played by David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith, and without giving any spoilers, the consequences of this on any existing families and relationships. 

As family lawyers, we often see clients come to us because they or their partner have entered into an extra marital affair and can advise on the possible options to take. Whether this be mediation, petitioning or responding to divorce proceeding or providing a financial remedy in relation to property, pensions or income.

In this country there is only one ground for divorce, namely the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Currently, that can be established by adultery, behaviour, desertion, separation for two years with the other party’s consent or separation for five years without the other party’s consent. We understand that such issues are highly sensitive and complex to navigate alone.

The Family team at Ince Metcalfes have a vast experience in dealing with people from all walks of life who are experiencing relationship breakdowns, whether it is following a marriage, civil partnership or otherwise.  We also are very experienced in dealing with cases involving property, pensions and income, and have a track record of getting good results for our clients whether in Court or out of Court.

For more information and advice, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family team.

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