Why Iain Duncan-Smith is wrong about marriage

November 19, 2008 2 comments

To my mind, the CSJ has jumped firmly onto a conservative (with a small c) bandwagon. I would go so far as to say that its proposals are reminiscent of the mindset of the American politician Sarah Palin, whose extreme opinions may have helped propel Barack Obama to victory. You can read the CSJ’s report…

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Cohabitation v remarriage: what's a breadwinner to do?

June 4, 2008 3 comments

Proposed legal rights for cohabitants have one reader reaching for the panic button. As regular readers are aware, I hold strong views about the Government’s reluctance to introduce new legislation for cohabiting couples. I believe that cohabitants should be allowed to put their relationship before the court in the same way that divorcing couples can….

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Unmarried parents, children and chequebooks

March 28, 2008 5 comments

Some of the cases with which I become involved strike me as “entrapment”. Following my comments about cohabitation, Mr. Justice Charles, a veritable Sir Lancelot in shining armour, rides to the rescue! I am often asked to advise mothers who have not married their partners. They need to know the financial settlements they can expect…

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Cohabitation and our cowardly lawmakers

March 11, 2008 7 comments

Cut the red tape: why won’t politicians help cohabiting couples? I saw Baroness Thatcher on TV three times this weekend. I saw her twice on the Spitting Image reruns and laughed at the satirical takes on the absolute power she wielded over her fellow politicians. Then I saw her on the news, aged 82, leaving…

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Cohabitation and the “common law marriage” myth

January 23, 2008 9 comments

It is worrying that so few cohabitants have taken steps to safeguard their positions. Cohabitation remains a popular choice of relationship in Britain. More than one third of people (36 per cent) have cohabited in the past, and one in nine (11 per cent) do so at present. Unfortunately, my office is frequently consulted by…

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