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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Court of Appeal rules against millionaire ex-market trader

July 16, 2015 3 comments

The Court of Appeal has ruled against millionaire ex-market trader Michael Harris in his fight to claim a half-share on two properties owned by his ex-partner. Mr Harris, who modelled himself on Only Fools and Horses character Del Boy, lost his £900,000 divorce case after Lord Justice Sales found that Mr Harris had no right…

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Cohabiting couples less likely to eventually marry

May 14, 2015 8 comments

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Couples who live together are less likely to eventually marry than ever before, a new study has suggested. Researchers from Bowling Green State University in Ohio compared the stability of cohabiting couples’ relationships in the early 1980s to those today. They used data from 707 women who cohabited in the 1980s, 772 women who did…

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Iran bans magazine for encouraging cohabitation

April 29, 2015 1 comment

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The Iranian government has banned a women’s magazine because it encouraged cohabitation. Monthly magazine Zanan-e Emrouz (‘Today’s Women’) published an issue which discussed aspects of cohabitation, which is known as “white marriage” in Iran. One such article, titled “White marriage: pain or cure?”, examined why cohabitation is increasing popular among young couples despite being against…

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Cohabitation a crime in Florida

March 17, 2015 2 comments

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Cohabitation may not be controversial in the UK but in three US states it is still technically illegal. Michigan, Mississippi and Florida still have laws which make living with a partner before marriage a crime. In Florida, the law says that if “any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously…

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