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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Living together & buying a home: the rights of a cohabitee

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November 25, 2016 1 comment

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Living together as a couple before, or as an alternative to, marriage is now the norm. Between 2004 and 2016 the Office of National Statistics reported that ‘cohabiting couple families’ were the fastest growing family type. For these couples, property ownership aspiration remains high.  Competitive mortgage deals and a rising property market means getting on…

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Is marriage out of date?

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November 25, 2016 12 comments

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On 10 February 2011 I took part in a debate held at the Oxford Union entitled “This house believes the Institution of marriage is out of date”. The motion which I proposed failed that night, as it did in the Cambridge Union and in the House of Lords, where exactly the same debate was held…

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