Opposite sex marriage falls to lowest ever level

March 1, 2018 2 comments

family life

Rates of marriage amongst opposite sex couples have fallen to their lowest ever level according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were a total of 239,020 heterosexual marriages in 2015, the ONS reveals, a fall of nearly 3.5 per cent in a single year (from  247,372) and the lowest on…

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Wedding photographers offer tips on spotting divorce

February 20, 2018 0 comments

marriage

Wedding photographers offer tips on spotting divorce A new article on The Huffington Post offers a wedding photographer’s eye view on the dynamics of the big day. Professional photographers from across the United States recount their experiences amongst the confetti and champagne and suggest that, with careful observation, it’s sometimes  possible to predict which couples…

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Civil partnerships for straight couples back on the agenda

February 5, 2018 1 comment

family law

A bill that could lead to heterosexual couples gaining the right to enter civil partnerships has received an unopposed second reading in Parliament. Since the introduction of gay marriage in March 2014, civil partnerships have been an option only available to same sex couples. This has been a source of some controversy and Londoners Rebecca…

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Sir Paul Coleridge backs newspaper campaign for family law reform

January 3, 2018 0 comments

marriage

Former High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has backed a newspaper campaign for family law reform. Writing in The Times this week, the Marriage Foundation chair described the Family Matters campaign as “both timely and courageous” and expressed his full support. The aims of Family Matters include the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, automatic recognition…

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Couple who divorced 18 years ago to remarry

December 30, 2017 2 comments

marriage

A British couple who divorced 18 years ago are to remarry. June Rose and Bob O’Sullivan, now both in their 60s, originally met at an ice rink and married in 1979. Talking to the Metro, 60 year-old Julie recalled: “It was a small, but lovely wedding. My sister, Lynda, now 58, was my bridesmaid and…

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Is your marriage really registered? By Sarah Jane Lenihan

December 16, 2017 1 comment

marriage

Since working in London I have been consulted by a number of clients who have undergone solely religious marriages that were never been officially registered, only to find out later, when the relationship breaks down, that the marriage is therefore not legally recognised. The ceremonies in question took place in England. The legal situation with…

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Protecting your interests outside marriage

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November 22, 2017 3 comments

Sharia

Last night a documentary on Channel 4 examined the legal effects of a traditional Islamic marriage (nikah) in this country. Whilst it may spark controversy and media attention, the subject is nothing new. Advocates in this area have been trying to raise awareness for years, albeit with differing opinions on what should happen. Should the…

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It’s “not the right time” for a review of marriage law

October 27, 2017 2 comments

family law

Now is not the time to review marital law, the Justice Minister has insisted in a new letter to the Law Commission. In a belated response to a ‘scoping’ paper published by the Commission in December 2015, Dominic Raab acknowledges the Commission’s proposal to “review the law of marriage ceremonies in England and Wales”. Their…

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