Gauke moving with the times on divorce

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February 8, 2018 1 comment

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Or: The Times successfully undermines marriage even more… I shall take no credit for it, but it is nevertheless very pleasing to read that the new Lord Chancellor David Gauke is heeding my calls for no-fault divorce. OK, he’s not actually said that the Government will introduce no-fault divorce, just that he will “examine the…

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A spurious argument for reform

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January 4, 2018 3 comments

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The things I do for Stowe Family Law. Breaking my rule never to ‘play along’ with anyone who chooses to put their content behind a paywall, I registered with The Times, albeit only for two free articles, in order to read an article by former High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge on the issue of…

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Sir Paul Coleridge backs newspaper campaign for family law reform

January 3, 2018 0 comments

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Former High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has backed a newspaper campaign for family law reform. Writing in The Times this week, the Marriage Foundation chair described the Family Matters campaign as “both timely and courageous” and expressed his full support. The aims of Family Matters include the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, automatic recognition…

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Senior judiciary urge divorce law reform

November 17, 2017 2 comments

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Senior judicial figures have called for major reforms to the family law system. The legal grandees include former Family Division President Baroness Butler-Sloss, retired High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, and legal academic Baroness Deech. Sir Paul is the founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation. He said: “We must urgently do something about the…

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Marriage is ‘infectious’?

May 22, 2017 2 comments

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People are more likely to get married if a lot of their neighbours have already done so, according to a new study. Think tank the Marriage Foundation believes this is most evident in affluent communities. Their research indicates that as many as 87 per cent of high earners are married, compared to just 24 per…

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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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Staying in an unhappy marriage ‘is for the best’

February 8, 2017 4 comments

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People who stick with their spouse through unhappy times are better off in the long run, the Marriage Foundation claims. In new research, the campaign group insisted that “unhappiness in a marriage is often just a short-term and fixable problem”. Although the Foundation admitted that some parents are unhappy with their marriage following the birth…

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Regular date nights ‘lead to longer marriage’

September 26, 2016 0 comments

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Married couples who regularly go out together on ‘date nights’ stay together longer, new research suggests. The Marriage Foundation examined data relating to 9,969 couples with small children. The data came from people who had taken part in the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term research project run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at University…

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