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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Cohabitation on the rise in Iran

February 9, 2016 0 comments

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Many young Iranian couples are living together outside of marriage despite the fact that the practice is illegal. Cohabitation was once referred to as ‘white marriage’ in the Islamic Republic, but is now called ‘black coupling’ according to a sociologist in the country. He spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on…

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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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