More unmarried couples split than married ones in 2016

April 4, 2017 5 comments

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The number of cohabiting couples breaking up has overtaken separation between married couples for the first time, the Marriage Foundation has claimed. The social campaigners analysed the marriage data released by the Office for National Statistics last month, comparing this to previously gathered data. According to the new ONS figures, parents living together without getting…

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Buying property with a married partner

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September 14, 2016 2 comments

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I enjoy my monthly phone in with St Alban’s Radio Verulam because the questions listeners send in really keep my on my toes. This morning was no exception, but sadly time constraints often prevent me from going into too much detail with my answers. So I thought it would be a good idea to do…

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Illinois says no to the property division for cohabitants

August 22, 2016 0 comments

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The Supreme Court of Illinois has insisted that cohabitants still have no entitlement to a share of their partner’s property on separation. The case concerned a local judge who was involved in a long term same sex relationship with a gynaecologist. The couple had moved in together  as long ago as 1981 and remained a…

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The ONS shines a light on marriage

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July 16, 2016 2 comments

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The latest statistics on marriage have just been published by the Office for National Statistics. Population estimates by marital status and living arrangements offers a breakdown of British adults over 16 last year. The figures are in line with previous trends but eye-catching nonetheless. There was a reduction in the percentage of those who are…

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Resolution: marriage statistics ‘show law is out of date’

July 15, 2016 1 comment

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New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) demonstrate for need for legal change, Resolution has claimed. Close to ten per cent of the adult population now live together without getting married, the ONS bulletin reveals – an increase of nearly three percentage points since 2002. Resolution represents lawyers committed to a “non-confrontational” approach…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: the plight of the cohabitant

July 14, 2016 8 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics published its latest set of marriage statistics and I doubt many family lawyers were surprised by the key finding: a further rise in the number of people living together. Last year 9.5 per cent of everyone over 16 was doing so, while the number of married people had fallen…

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Iran launches cohabitation task force

June 8, 2016 0 comments

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The Iranian government has launched a task force to study the rising number of cohabiting couples in the country. Deputy Health Minister Mohammad Eslami claimed that an increase in cohabitation would “have a negative impact” on the Islamic Republic’s birth rate. However, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that many young couples…

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Same sex partner entitled to property share

April 22, 2016 0 comments

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A man who lived with his male partner for 15 years has been awarded a significant share in the couple’s property. The two men had met in April 1993 and they began living with each other three months later. In 2009, their relationship ended and one partner moved out. At the Royal Courts of Justice…

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A tangled legal web for the unmarried

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March 22, 2016 11 comments

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As has been pointed out here on many occasions, the law in England and Wales does not make proper provision for unmarried couples to unravel their finances at the end of their relationships, in the same way it does for married couples. Married couples can utilise the financial remedy powers of the court, all of…

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