The case against marriage

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February 20, 2017 24 comments

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The case of Tini Owens, who is appealing to the Court of Appeal against the refusal of the court below to grant her a divorce, has led to a flurry of debate. The advocates of no-fault divorce have jumped on it as further evidence in support of their cause, and others, such as Marilyn Stowe,…

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Israel considers marriage counselling tax cut

February 20, 2017 0 comments

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Israel is considering a bill which would cut taxes for couples who attend counselling before they marry. The measure was introduced in the country’s Knesset (Parliament) by Yehuda Glick, an MP from the centre-right Likud Party. If enacted, it would reduce the amount of income tax couples pay if they sign up for marriage counselling…

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Court of Appeal recognises Syrian marriage

February 16, 2017 0 comments

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The Court of Appeal has rejected a university lecturer’s claim that a marriage conducted in Syria was not legally valid. The case concerned a couple who split acrimoniously in 2013 after 14 years together, amidst accusations of infidelity and assault. They had one daughter. Later, as divorce proceedings began, they became embroiled in a legal…

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Half of Japan in ‘sexless marriages’

February 14, 2017 0 comments

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Nearly half of Japanese couples are in sexless marriages, according to a new survey. In a poll conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association, a reproductive rights advocacy group, more than 47 per cent of married men and women admitted they had not had sex in the last month and did not think this would…

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Married women ‘more likely to be overweight’

February 13, 2017 1 comment

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Married women are more likely to be overweight according to new research. Researchers from the University of Arizona studied data relating to over 79,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, gathered as part of the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, a long-term national research project. Their aim was to examine any links between…

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Staying in an unhappy marriage ‘is for the best’

February 8, 2017 4 comments

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People who stick with their spouse through unhappy times are better off in the long run, the Marriage Foundation claims. In new research, the campaign group insisted that “unhappiness in a marriage is often just a short-term and fixable problem”. Although the Foundation admitted that some parents are unhappy with their marriage following the birth…

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Judge orders no sex before marriage

February 7, 2017 0 comments

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A judge in Idaho has ordered that a 19 year-old man refrain from sex before marriage as a punishment for statutory rape. Following the man’s conviction for sex with a 14 year-old girl, Judge Randy Stoker gave him a five to 15 year suspended sentence and ruled that he must attend a one-year therapy programme….

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Japan to equalise marriage ages

January 23, 2017 0 comments

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Japan is planning to make the age at which men and women can marry the same. Under the country’s current Civil Code, women can marry at 16 years old if they have the consent of their parents. But men cannot tie the knot until they are 18 and they also need to have their parents’…

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Mother and daughter accused of plotting sham marriages

January 17, 2017 1 comment

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A mother and daughter have been accused of orchestrating as many as 26 sham marriages. The women, along with four other female gang members, are reported to have flown off-the-peg brides from the Baltic state of Lithuania into Luton airport on a budget airline in order to take part in rapid staged marriages to non-EU…

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