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Government considers civil partnership conversion for opposite sex couples

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Plans for the introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships have been published by the government. The publication follows a Supreme Court ruling in June last year that denying heterosexual couples the right to enter a civil partnership was in breach of human rights legislation. Civil partnerships were originally introduced in 2004 as alternative to marriage for use by same sex couples. But after the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, civil partnerships were left in place despite calls for their extension to heterosexual couples. The recently published Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 gave the…

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Supreme Court President: divorce finance bill is “threatening”

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President of the Supreme Court Lady Hale has caused a stir by being openly critical of a divorce finance bill currently progressing though parliament. Speaking at the International Centre for Family Law earlier this month, Lady Hale described the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, as “threatening” to the “social security system of the family”. The bill was introduced by crossbench peer and legal academic Baroness Deech. It has already completed its passage through the House of Lords, and received a first reading in the House of Commons. If it becomes law, it would make several very significant changes to marital legislation,…

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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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