Cohabitation offers similar emotional benefits to marriage

December 22, 2015 0 comments

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Women experience the same drop in “emotional distress” from cohabiting as they do from marriage according to new research. Academics at Ohio State University analysed data from a national social survey to look at the different ways men and woman experienced the start of living together with a new partner and marriage. They concluded that…

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Cohabitees and married couples equally happy

December 6, 2015 1 comment

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Couples who live together are just as happy as their married peers, a new study suggests. Using data from 8,700 people born between 1980 and 1984, academics from Ohio State University found that young women experienced a “decline in emotional distress when they moved in with a romantic partner”. A similar decline was also identified…

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Resolution calls for cohabitation ‘safety net’

November 17, 2015 11 comments

Family law organisation Resolution has called for legislation to provide a “safety net” for cohabiting couples. The group responded to recently published figures from the Office for National statistics which revealed that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK. There are roughly 3.2 million of such couples in the country this…

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Cohabiting couple dispute ownership of London home

November 9, 2015 1 comment

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the award of a significantly higher share in equity to one of a former cohabiting couple. Barnes v Phillips concerned a couple who had lived together since 1989. They bought a property with a mortgage and held it as ‘tenants in common’ – a form of ownership similar to…

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Art lecturer in court settlement with former pupil

November 5, 2015 1 comment

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A successful art teacher has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former pupil after the couple had a 25 year relationship. Kim Woodward was a 19 year-old student at the Salisbury College of Art when she began a relationship with lecturer Rupert Ashmore, then 36, in 1985. They moved in together, set up a design…

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Cohabitating couples are fastest growing family type

November 5, 2015 0 comments

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Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are around 3.2 million unmarried couples living together this year. In 2010, the ONS predicted that there would be 3.3 million cohabiting couples by 2033, but three years later there were already 3 million. Despite…

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Bill could legalise cohabitation in Florida

September 21, 2015 0 comments

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A bill which would legalise cohabitation in Florida has been approved by the state’s House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Florida, Michigan and Mississippi are the only three US states to still overtly ban living together without marriage. In Florida, a law dating back to 1868 states that it is sinful for an unmarried man and woman…

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Cohabitation has similar health benefits to marriage

August 12, 2015 0 comments

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Cohabiting couples experience the same level of overall health as those who are married, a new study suggests. Researchers made this claim after an analysis of 10,000 participants in the British National Child Development Study. This had followed the lives of 17,000 people who were born in the country during one week in March 1958….

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When one cohabitee wants to buy from the other

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August 4, 2015 0 comments

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Orders transferring one former spouse’s interest in the former matrimonial home to the other in return for a lump sum are commonplace. They are made under the court’s wide powers to make financial/property orders following divorce. But what if the owners of the property were not married? It is still highly likely that if their…

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Cohabitation vs the law

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July 16, 2015 6 comments

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During the course of divorce proceedings, the Family Court is authorized to make certain financial orders. Under Sections 21-25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, the Court, on granting a decree of divorce, can make awards for maintenance, lump sum payments, property and pensions. However, Section 28(3) of the Act places a condition on upon…

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