A lot of progress, and none

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January 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

In the continuing absence of much in the way of new cases or news (apart from the continuing saga of banning alleged abusers from cross-examining their alleged victims), I thought I would delve a little further into the swathe of old House of Lords decisions recently published on the Bailii website that I mentioned in…

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Southern state abolishes common law marriage

January 3, 2017 0 comments

marriage

The southern US state of Alabama will no longer recognise ‘common law marriage’. Until last month, heterosexual couples who had lived together for a period of time and publicly presented themselves as married could claim their union was the legal equivalent of marriage. If endorsed, a legal divorce would then be required if they couple…

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The ONS shines a light on marriage

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July 16, 2016 2 comments

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The latest statistics on marriage have just been published by the Office for National Statistics. Population estimates by marital status and living arrangements offers a breakdown of British adults over 16 last year. The figures are in line with previous trends but eye-catching nonetheless. There was a reduction in the percentage of those who are…

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Common law marriage – the myth that won’t go away

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February 16, 2016 2 comments

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The general public may (quite understandably) hold many misconceptions about the law. However, there can surely be few misconceptions that are so widely held and repeated than the myth of the “common law marriage”. Accordingly, anything that helps to dispel that myth must be welcomed. The latest such thing is a House of Commons briefing…

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