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

October 27, 2017 2 comments

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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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Racism fear thwarts forced marriage prosecutions

October 12, 2017 1 comment

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The fear of being labelled ‘racist’ has caused many police forces to be wary of prosecuting forced marriage, campaigners claim. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) received just 56 cases of forced marriage for prosecution in 2016-17, which represents a 37 per cent drop from the previous year. In 2015-16, investigators sent 90 cases to the…

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Nepal approves transgender woman’s marriage

October 10, 2017 0 comments

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Authorities in Nepal have approved the first marriage in the country’s history to involve an openly transgender woman. Monika Shahi Nath married 22 year-old Ramesh Nath Yogi back in May but their marriage certificate has only just been approved. The 40 year-old bride grew up in a remote village in the south-east Asian country. Having…

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Billionaire denies marrying ‘wife’ of 14 years

October 5, 2017 0 comments

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A billionaire London property mogul has claimed that he and his wife of 14 years were never legally married. The couple divorced last November but the 50 year-old husband now wants the decision reversed for this reason. He told the High Court that his ‘marriage’ was based on a false certificate the couple used to…

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Indians now offered online marriage certificates

October 4, 2017 2 comments

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Residents of the southern Indian state of Karnataka can now register their marriages online and obtain printable copies of marriage certificates the same way, in a first for the region. Previously couples marrying in the tropical state were required to make multiple visits to offices to the stamps and registration department to have their union…

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Brazilian couple renew vows after 60 years together

September 30, 2017 0 comments

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An elderly Brazilian couple who were married 60 years ago celebrated their diamond anniversary by renewing their vows. Dona and Seu Russo, from the metropolis of São Paulo, tied the knot back in 1957. Modest means meant a lavish wedding was out. Instead the young couple made do with a homemade wedding dress and a…

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Italian woman marries herself

September 28, 2017 1 comment

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A 40 year-old Italian woman has become the first in the country to marry herself. Fitness trainer Laura Mesi recently hosted a solo wedding ceremony complete with a three-tiered cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. She wore a white dress for the occasion. Among the food available to the guests was a watermelon which had the…

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Millions missing out on ‘marriage tax break’

September 25, 2017 0 comments

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More than two million couples eligible for the much heralded marriage tax break are not claiming, HMRC has reported. If spouse in a married couple earns less than the minimal amount on which income tax is payable (currently £11,000 per year), the scheme allows them to transfer part of their ‘tax-free personal allowance’ (as earnings…

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