Millions missing out on ‘marriage tax break’

September 25, 2017 0 comments

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More than two million couples eligible for the much heralded marriage tax break are not claiming, HMRC has reported. If spouse in a married couple earns less than the minimal amount on which income tax is payable (currently £11,000 per year), the scheme allows them to transfer part of their ‘tax-free personal allowance’ (as earnings…

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Older men’s health suffers with wealthier wives

September 24, 2017 1 comment

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Older men’s health suffers if they married a woman who earns more money than they do, a new study indicates. Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey found this was especially the case for men born between 1931 and 1941 who would now be in their 70s and 80s. They appeared to have poor overall…

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Indian woman arrested for dowry extortion

September 21, 2017 1 comment

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A 37 year-old homeopath from the central Indian city of Hyderabad has been arrested on charges of filing a false dowry harassment claim against her husband. Dowry is the payment of goods or money by the bride’s family to the husband or his family. It is a traditional practice in India but has been illegal…

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Sharp rise in Israelis blacklisted from marriage

September 19, 2017 0 comments

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The number of Israelis banned from marrying by the rabbinical courts has leapt in recent years according to local campaigners. These traditional raddinical courts govern marriage and divorce in Israel, even amongst non-religious residents. Despite popular support, civil marriage remains unavailable in the Middle East’s most Westernised country. Amongst their powers are compiling lists of…

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Less attractive husbands are key to happy relationships

September 19, 2017 0 comments

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Relationships are stronger when the man is less attractive than the woman, a new study suggests. Researchers from Florida State University (FSU) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, surveyed 113 newlywed couples in their 20s. Each pair had been married less than four months at the time of the study. Full body photographs were…

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Marriage proposal ploughed into field

September 18, 2017 0 comments

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A man in Devon has proposed to his long-time girlfriend by ploughing the words “Marry me” into a field. The couple had been together for ten years when Tom Plume asked her father’s permission to tie the knot. However, the 39 year-old also asked his future father-in-law if he could do so in a very…

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Marriage in America: the education gap widens

September 15, 2017 0 comments

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Education is increasingly becoming a factor in the US marriage rate, new figures suggest. Data from Washington DC-based think tank the Pew Research Center has revealed that only 50 per cent of Americans over the age of 25 with a high school education or less were married in 2016. Meanwhile this rose slightly to 55…

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Divorce in China climbs for 14th year in a row

September 14, 2017 0 comments

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China is set to see its highest ever number of divorces for the 14th year in a row, The Beijinger reports, with the nation’s capital right at the top of the list. Inhabitants of the metropolis once known as Peking now divorce at a rate of 39 per one hundred marriages, according to the Ministry…

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