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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Cohabitee loses bid for equal share of house

February 25, 2015 0 comments

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A woman who lived with her partner for more than three decades has lost her bid for an equal share in his property. In Graham-York v York (Personal Representative of the Estate of Norton Brian York) and Another, the couple in question had cohabited for a full 33 years, between 1976 and the man’s death…

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Cohabiting couples more likely to drift into marriage

February 11, 2015 0 comments

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Men who lived with their partners before getting married show lower levels of dedication to the union than men who do not, a family researcher has claimed. Professor Scott Stanley of the Center for Marital and Family Studies in Denver interviewed couples who had been married for less than ten years. He asked them: ‘What…

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Swedish mother allowed to return home with her child

December 30, 2014 2 comments

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The Swedish-born mother of a four year-old girl has been allowed to move to Sweden with her daughter despite the objections of the father. In NJ v OV, the girl’s parents met in London after the mother moved to the UK. The father was English, while she had a Finnish background. At the High Court,…

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