A tribute, a short marriage and more

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March 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has paid tribute to his predecessor Sir Nicholas Wall, who died earlier this month, having reportedly taken his own life after being diagnosed with dementia. In a lengthy tribute Sir James said: “Sir Nicholas Wall was indisputably one of the outstanding family…

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The case against marriage

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February 20, 2017 24 comments

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The case of Tini Owens, who is appealing to the Court of Appeal against the refusal of the court below to grant her a divorce, has led to a flurry of debate. The advocates of no-fault divorce have jumped on it as further evidence in support of their cause, and others, such as Marilyn Stowe,…

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Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Jennifer Williamson, a senior solicitor based in our Winchester office. “My son and daughter are both teenagers now and my son will be going off to university soon. How does that affect…

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Civil partnerships for straight couples debate delayed

January 16, 2017 0 comments

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The second reading of a private members which would have extended civil partnerships to heterosexual couples has been adjourned till March. The bill was tabled by Conservative MP Tim Loughton, in response to claims by campaigners that the continuing availability of civil partnerships to same sex couples despite the introduction of gay marriage is discriminates…

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Government ‘still thinking’ about prenups

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January 13, 2017 1 comment

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is still considering whether or not to legalise a form of prenuptial agreement recommended by the Law Commission. In a newly published report on the implementation of legal proposals made by the Commission, the Ministry notes that: “The Law Commission published its final report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements…

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What are we to make of the falling divorce rate?

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December 7, 2016 0 comments

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On Monday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its latest statistical bulletin for divorces in England and Wales, for the year 2014. Amongst the ONS’s main findings was that the number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1 per cent in that year, continuing the downward trend in the number of…

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Rabbi claims married couples cannot live together

November 30, 2016 0 comments

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Jewish married couples should not be allowed to live together if their marriage certificate is damaged or destroyed by fire, a senior rabbi claims. Areas of Israel have experienced horrendous wildfires this month. The area hit hardest was Haifa, the country’s third largest city. More than 500 apartments were completely destroyed, as were 77 other…

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