Family law can be better

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April 20, 2017 11 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

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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

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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

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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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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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