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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Cohabitation rights: a question of fairness

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December 18, 2014 18 comments

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Baroness Deech has written about Lord Marks’ Cohabitation Rights Bill, which intends to give financial protection to cohabitants, and which had its second reading in the House of Lords last week. She said: “I remain of the view that it is a denial of freedom to turn cohabitation into marriage by statute. Research into the…

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Resolution calls for cohabitation law

October 28, 2014 10 comments

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Family law organisation Resolution has called for the introduction of new legislation for cohabitees. Couples who live together without marrying should be new rights over property and assets if their relationship ends, the organisation declared. Currently only married couples have an automatic right to financial protection in the event of divorce. Resolution added its voice…

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Businessman told to pay ex-partner £28,500

October 18, 2014 5 comments

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A successful insurance agent must pay his former partner £28,500, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. David Southwell set up home with partner Catherine Blackburn in 2000, buying a house in Droitwich, Worcestershire in his own name and paying the mortgage for this. But when the relationship ended “acrimoniously” in 2012, his now ex-partner and…

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Cohabitants: whose house is it anyway?

September 4, 2014 0 comments

Royal Courts of Justice, Court of Appeal, finding of fact

A judge has allowed a case concerning shared interest in a house between former cohabitants to be heard by the Court of Appeal. In Woodward v Ashmore, the couple began their relationship in 1985 and began cohabiting in 1989.  They changed house, once in 1991 and again in 2001 (having a son in 1993), and…

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Cohabiting couples increased over ten year period

June 27, 2014 0 comments

The number of cohabiting couples across the UK increased by three per cent in the ten years to 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. The percentage of all UK households centred around a couple living together rose from 14 to 17 per cent, while the percentage of households made up of married…

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