A spurious argument for reform

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January 4, 2018 3 comments

family law

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

marriage

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

family law

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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Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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Marriage is ‘infectious’?

May 22, 2017 2 comments

family law

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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A non-sequitur from Sir Paul Coleridge

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February 8, 2017 5 comments

family law

“Brexit is an opportunity to reverse the tragic decline of marriage in Britain” So read the headline of an article in The Telegraph on Monday written by former High Court judge and chairman of the Marriage Foundation Sir Paul Coleridge. Before I read the article I thought that any link between Brexit and marriage was…

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Staying in an unhappy marriage ‘is for the best’

February 8, 2017 4 comments

family law

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

family law

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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Profundity from the Marriage Foundation

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February 9, 2016 0 comments

Marriage

The Marriage Foundation ‘think-tank’ (how I hate that expression) have been back at their statistic-bashing again. New ‘research’ by them provides us with the earth-shattering revelation that the longer a couple stay married, the less likely it is that they will divorce. Wow. Who would have thought it? This ‘research’ does not, in fact, involve…

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