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Chasing child maintenance when your ex lives abroad

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If you are separate from, or divorce, your partner, you may receive spousal maintenance from them: ‘alimony’; as it’s termed in the United States. Then again, you may not: it’s all down to personal circumstances. Whether you do or do not will depend on your individual circumstances, but if you have children, and they live with you following the separation, then the situation becomes much clearer: there will be no questions about you right to receive child maintenance payments from your ex. The provision of financial support is a legal obligation placed on all biological and adoptive parents. But the…

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What are civil partnerships?

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Until just a few years ago, civil partnerships had a very clear role. They provided a way for committed same sex couples to formalise their relationships in a legal union very similar to marriage. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was created in recognition of the increasing social acceptance of same sex relationships, while recognising that many traditional and religious people still remained opposed to the idea of full marriage for such couples. But public opinion continued to shift and same sex marriage finally arrived less than a decade later. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 received royal assent in…

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Marriage ceremonies to be reviewed

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The Law Commission has launched a review of regulations surrounding wedding ceremonies in England and Wales, some of which date back almost 200 years. The review, scheduled to run for two years, will focus on whether existing restrictions on where marriages can take place should be maintained or more choices made available. Currently, wedding ceremonies can only be held in: registry offices premises which have been specially approved for weddings – for example hotels churches operated by Church of England or its counterparts the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland, as well as Presbyterian or Roman Catholic churches…

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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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