A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

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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

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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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A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that lawyers should embrace technology, as people increasingly expect to access services online. Speaking at the inaugural conference of YRes, Resolution’s network of family law professionals at the start of their careers, the President, whilst acknowledging that not every…

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Civil partnerships rise for first time in years

September 27, 2017 0 comments

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The number of civil partnerships in the UK has risen for the first time in four years. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 890 civil partnerships were formed in 2016: 604 between male couples and 286 between female couples. This represents a modest but significant 3.4 per cent increase over…

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Child privacy, Brexit and more

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August 25, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW A report concerning the impact of broadcast and social media on the privacy and best interests of young children has been published by the University of Winchester. Amongst eight recommendations, the report calls for young children to have an independent right to privacy, which is not dependent on what their…

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Supreme Court to hear heterosexual civil partnership bid

August 22, 2017 3 comments

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A heterosexual couple who want to enter a civil partnership have been given permission to take their case to the Supreme Court. West Londoners Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan do not believe marriage is right for them due to its “sexist trappings” but they would like to have their relationship officially recognised. The two, who…

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Northern Ireland gay marriage bid rejected

August 18, 2017 4 comments

Family Law, Northern Ireland

A High Court Judge has rejected two challenges to Northern Ireland’s ban on gay marriage. Mr Justice O’Hara said social policy in the Province should be decided by the Stormont Assembly rather than the Courts. He had been asked to rule on two cases against the prohibition which were heard at the same time because…

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Supreme Court backs pensions equality for same sex couple

July 12, 2017 1 comment

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A former cavalry officer in a same sex marriage has secured a landmark pensions ruling from the Supreme Court. After leaving the military, John Walker, now 65, spent his career at chemicals company Innospec, contributing to the firm’s occupational pensions scheme.  He entered a civil partnership in January 2006 and this was later converted into…

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