Living together in Serbia

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August 16, 2017 1 comment

cohabitation

Cohabitating relationships have existed for a very long time and over time they have come to be valued differently – both legally and morally. Here in Serbia, cohabitation was given an equal footing with marriage by the Serbian Family Law Act (in Serbian Porodični Zakon) in 2005 and then by the Constitution of Republic of…

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The rights of Scottish cohabitees by Jennifer Gallagher

August 14, 2017 1 comment

family law

In Scotland, financial provision for cohabitants on separation and death is set out in the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. This gives cohabitants a certain degree of rights. However, it is unclear whether cohabiting couples in Scotland are better off than their counterparts south of the border. In July 2007 the Law Commission in England…

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Just over half the adult population is married

July 14, 2017 1 comment

family life

Nearly 51 per cent of the adult population is married according to new statistics. In a new bulletin outlining population estimates, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) considers England and Wales last year. There were no less than 24.1 million married people across the two countries– a total equating to 50.9 per cent of the…

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Australians are ‘postponing marriage’

June 1, 2017 0 comments

family life

Fewer Australians than ever before are marrying  but those do are likely stay together for longer, new statistics reveal. Less than half (49 per cent) of adults are now married, a record low and down from 60 per cent in 1991. Meanwhile around 16 per cent of all Australian couples live together without marrying. One…

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Housing and the bank of Mum and Dad

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May 4, 2017 4 comments

family life

Housing is notoriously expensive in the UK and for one very simple reason: there just isn’t enough to go round. Efforts to build new homes have been sluggish and patchy for decades and the inevitable result has been a relentless climb in prices, thanks to the iron law of supply and demand: great for those…

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Family law can be better

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April 20, 2017 14 comments

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The Sensible Party Manifesto 2017 Introduction Dear friend, We are a great country. With a great family justice system. But it can be so much better. Here at the Sensible Party we believe we can make a family justice system fit for the twenty-first century. The policies we set out in this manifesto will do…

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Catholic Church ‘remains firm on family teachings’

April 17, 2017 4 comments

divorce

The Catholic Church has not changed its stance on a range of controversial family and social issues a senior cleric has declared. Cardinal Gerhard Muller is head of the influential Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the infamous Inquisition of the Middle Ages. In a lengthy interview, published as a…

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No-fault divorce, domestic abuse and more

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April 7, 2017 3 comments

family law

A week in family law Speaking at the national conference of Resolution, the association of family lawyers, Chair Nigel Shepherd has repeated the organisation’s call for the introduction of a system of no-fault divorce. Referring to the recent Owens case he said: “It’s simply wrong in this day and age that someone should be forced…

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More unmarried couples split than married ones in 2016

April 4, 2017 5 comments

separation

The number of cohabiting couples breaking up has overtaken separation between married couples for the first time, the Marriage Foundation has claimed. The social campaigners analysed the marriage data released by the Office for National Statistics last month, comparing this to previously gathered data. According to the new ONS figures, parents living together without getting…

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