Baroness Hale: no fault divorce would strengthen responsibility

April 24, 2018 0 comments

Baroness Hale

No fault divorce would increase a general sense of family responsibility the President of the Supreme Court has claimed. Speaking over the weekend at the annual conference of Resolution, Baroness Hale of Richmond gave her stamp of approval to the family law organisation’s ongoing campaign to reform Britain’s ageing divorce laws, saying: “It may seem…

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Contact between sperm donor and son allowed to proceed

March 13, 2018 0 comments

family life

The case concerned a Child Arrangements Order made in June last year. A particular paragraph within this order allowed the sperm donor to a same sex couple, referred to as ‘Brian’ – to visit their four year-old son several times a year. The donor’s parents would also be entitled to visit the boy twice a…

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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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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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A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

family law

In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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