‘The Muslim Council wants Muslims to be able to settle family disputes according to Islamic principles. Fine, but only if those principles are consistent with the law of the land’

I don’t think I could ever be a family lawyer. Their daily diet of human frailty would depress me beyond measure. Yes, I’m sure there is much satisfaction to be gained from helping clients to put their shattered lives back together again. But there must be many more people who never truly recover from the effects of family separation or abuse.

A divorced spouse should not be maintained by her former husband unless she is unable to work or has the care of young children, a leading academic lawyer will say today.

Couples likely to end up before the divorce courts should password-protect their computer data. That’s the lesson to be drawn from a ruling at the end of last month by Mr Justice Eady in the High Court.