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Fathers should have ‘equal access’ to children, YouGov survey reports

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The majority of Britons would support a change in the law so that children spend equal amounts of time with both parents by default, according to a new survey. Welsh campaign group Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter Cymru commissioned polling firm YouGov to survey 2,000 adults in different parts of the country. More than 80 per cent agreed with the statement that the law should be changed so family courts start with the assumption that children should spend equal amounts of time with both parents following divorce or separation, unless the children would be at risk in such an…

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Government publishes no fault divorce bill

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After decades of delay, a bill introducing no fault divorce has received its first reading in the House of Commons. Under current legislation, in order to apply for divorce it is necessary to cite one of five “facts”: Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion Two years’ separation with consent (i.e. your former partner must agree to the divorce) Five years’ separation without consent (i.e. even if your former does not agree) The need to cite a specific reason has been a source of controversy for years, with campaigners arguing that it encourages unnecessary acrimony between divorcing couples, incentivises dishonesty and adversely affects…

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What happens if you lose your job during divorce?

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There are few times in life when your finances will come under greater scrutiny than during divorce. In order to negotiate a fair financial settlement between you and your former partner, it is necessary to declare your income in full, along with all your financial assets, on the famous Form E, a document that anyone who has been through a divorce will recall vividly. But what happens if financial disaster strikes during this complex process? What happens, in short, if you lose your job – or your spouse does? Finding oneself unemployed is always a stressful event –your life has…

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Legal change opens the door to heterosexual civil partnerships

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New legislation has come into force allowing the government to legalise civil partnerships for heterosexual couples. The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 empowers the government to “amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 so that two persons who are not of the same sex are eligible to form a civil partnership in England and Wales (provided that they would be eligible to do so apart from the question of sex).” This amendment must be in force, it continues, “no later than 31 December 2019.” Civil partnerships were originally introduced by the 2004 Act to provide LGBT couples…

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