Sir Paul Coleridge backs newspaper campaign for family law reform

January 3, 2018 0 comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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