Tunisia pushes for ‘radical’ marriage law changes

September 6, 2017 0 comments

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The Tunisian government is going ahead with plans that would radically change the country’s marriage and inheritance laws. President Beji Caid Essebsi has announced that these changes include allowing women to marry non-Muslims and to give them equal inheritance rights to men. He said it was the government’s duty to “to achieve full equality between…

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Living together in Serbia

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August 16, 2017 1 comment

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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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Colombia recognises three-man marriage

June 15, 2017 0 comments

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Colombia has legally recognised a marriage between three men in a polyamorous relationship. The South American nation only legalised gay marriage last year but this week took a further step in allowing these men to officially be seen as a family. Actor Victor Hugo Prada, PE teacher John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez…

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Supreme Court rules in favour of animal charities

March 15, 2017 2 comments

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A long-running inheritance dispute reached its conclusion today when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of three animal charities. The case concerned Mrs Heather Ilott, who was estranged from her late mother for much of her life, ever since she left home at the age of 17. When the mother eventually died, she left…

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Number of people leaving more than £150,000 doubles

January 6, 2017 0 comments

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The number of older people who are expecting to leave more than £150,000 in their will has almost doubled. This claim was made today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), an economic research group based in London. In the decade leading up to 2013, the wealth among the over-80s increased by as much as…

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Embryos ‘deprived of inheritance’ by not being born

December 8, 2016 2 comments

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Two frozen embryos have been deprived of their inheritance by not being born, an unusual lawsuit claims. Actress Sofia Vergara faces a legal battle in the southern state of Louisiana which was initiated on behalf of her embryos. The Modern Family star and her then-fiancé had them frozen back in 2013 for the purpose of…

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Over 50s call inheritance tax ‘double taxation’

October 10, 2016 5 comments

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The majority of people over the age of 50 consider inheritance tax a form of “double taxation”. Almost three quarters – 73 per cent – of Mumsnet and Gransnet users expressed this view in a recent poll. Nearly 1,000 users of the social networking sites took part in the survey which asked about their attitudes…

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