• Mervyn Murch

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    • B.A., Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Administration and Social Work, University of Bristol; I wish to thank most warmly my former colleagues Elizabeth Elston and Jane Fuller for their invaluable help in obtaining and preparing the material in this article. Other friends and colleagues including Lyn Mostyn, Sue Kriefman and Val Walker have made helpful comments. I take full responsibility for the material's presentation and for the views expressed.

  • This article is part of a larger research project entitled “ The Circumstances of Families in Divorce Proceedings ” which was funded by the Social Science Research Council.


“I was walking down the boulevard one day with my sister who was down for a week's holiday. She said off the cuff ‘When are you going to get divorced?’ I said ‘I don't know.’ Seeing a solicitor's office, I said ‘ I'll pop in here’—just the job, just like going in the shop for a loaf of bread. So I sees the receptionist. She said ‘ I'll see if he can see you straight away.’ Well, he gave me an interview straight away. Within an hour everything was done. He told me to bring all the gen I could in a couple of weeks time, which I did and then we got on with the job.”