A new BBC legal drama, The Split, is the first of its kind to focus on the family legal profession and follows the Defoe family, two generations of female divorce lawyers. Although the series sensitively explored the emotional and practical realities of divorce and separation, to the dismay of many family lawyers, a number of legal inaccuracies were also portrayed. Every day this week, we will take a closer look at how each episode of The Split failed to address some common family law myths.
Episode four sees Hannah placed in the midst of a very public scandal that becomes a personal one in episode five when it is revealed her husband is one of 10,000 users of an online dating site for extra-marital affairs. Hannah acts for the UK foreign secretary whose husband’s name features on the leaked list. Initially the foreign secretary seeks a divorce, however, Hannah advises that details of her client’s divorce and private life will be heard in open court. The position is that ultimately, a Judge retains the discretion to determine whether a case should be allowed any media publicity. Cases involving children are almost always held in private.
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