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Tricia Ashton

Government to consult on ‘no-fault’ divorce

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In recent months, the government launched a consultation on ‘no-fault divorce’, calling for the existing fault-based system of establishing marriage breakdown to be abolished. This follows the highly publicised Supreme Court decision in Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41, where a wife of 40 years was refused a divorce due to ‘flimsy and exaggerated’ examples of unreasonable behaviour. At present, a person can only petition for divorce on the basis that their marriage has irretrievably broken down, and this must be supported by one of five ‘facts’: Unreasonable behaviour by the other party Adultery by the other party Desertion by…

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Movement in cohabitation claims – recognition of financial dependence

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The law on cohabitation and inheritance has come under scrutiny again as the High Court has ruled in favour of a woman who was neither married to, nor in joint property ownership with, her late partner and who initially received nothing from his £1.5 million estate after his death. In a ruling handed down on 29 March this year, the High Court ruled in favour of 79-year-old Joan Thompson who, it said, should be entitled to a distribution of her late partner, Wynford Hodge’s estate. In Thompson v Raggett, Joan Thompson pursued a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants)…

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