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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Couple who divorced 18 years ago to remarry

December 30, 2017 2 comments

marriage

A British couple who divorced 18 years ago are to remarry. June Rose and Bob O’Sullivan, now both in their 60s, originally met at an ice rink and married in 1979. Talking to the Metro, 60 year-old Julie recalled: “It was a small, but lovely wedding. My sister, Lynda, now 58, was my bridesmaid and…

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Divorce is taking longer

December 27, 2017 3 comments

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While the overall divorce rate may be in decline, the time each one takes is increasing according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 55, all of whom had divorced or separated at some point in the last decade, found that the average divorce took 14…

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Is your marriage really registered? By Sarah Jane Lenihan

December 16, 2017 1 comment

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Since working in London I have been consulted by a number of clients who have undergone solely religious marriages that were never been officially registered, only to find out later, when the relationship breaks down, that the marriage is therefore not legally recognised. The ceremonies in question took place in England. The legal situation with…

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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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Protecting your interests outside marriage

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November 22, 2017 3 comments

Sharia

Last night a documentary on Channel 4 examined the legal effects of a traditional Islamic marriage (nikah) in this country. Whilst it may spark controversy and media attention, the subject is nothing new. Advocates in this area have been trying to raise awareness for years, albeit with differing opinions on what should happen. Should the…

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Cohabiting couples ‘second largest family type’

November 10, 2017 0 comments

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Cohabiting couples are now the second largest family type in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. In a newly published analysis of current social trends, the ONS notes that couples who live together without getting married have also become the fastest growing family type. According to the report, there are now…

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