Catching up with “runaway dads”

June 20, 2011 31 comments

Today, the day after Father’s Day, another study states what we already know. “A Tale of Two Fathers”, from the Pew Research Centre, reveals that although fathers who live with their children are likely to participate more fully in their children’s lives, the proportion of children who live apart from their fathers has soared over…

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Kernott v Jones: a case of square pegs and round holes

May 4, 2011 21 comments

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The case of Kernott v Jones is being hailed by some family lawyers as, potentially, the “new White”: a reference to the ground breaking case of White v White, heard by the House of Lords in 2000, which radically altered the landscape for divorce settlements. Kernott v Jones is a cohabitants’ property dispute. In 1985…

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Cohabitation rights: three cheers for Lord Justice Wall!

February 3, 2011 18 comments

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Lord Justice Wall, the President of the Family Division, has said that cohabiting couples who split up should have legal rights to a possible share of property and money. In an interview with Frances Gibb of The Times and published today, Sir Nicholas Wall notes: “Women cohabitees, in particular, are severely disadvantaged by being unable…

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The Centre for Social Justice rides again

December 10, 2010 3 comments

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Have you seen the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice? I am no fan of this right-wing think tank, founded by Iain Duncan Smith MP, which left me flabbergasted last year when it published patronising proposals for “family relationship hubs” and enforced “cooling off periods” for couples whose relationships had broken down. It…

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Cohabitation: know your rights and the law

July 22, 2009 6 comments

I wanted to put my last post, about the Centre for Social Justice’s plans for cohabiting couples, into a factual and legal context. The couple I am about to describe never gave a thought to the nightmare “what if” scenario that exists for modern day cohabitants. Their experience is a salutary example to the millions…

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