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No fault divorce bill ‘needs clarity’

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Draft legislation set to introduce set to introduce no fault divorce in England and Wales needs more work, the Law Society has claimed. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons earlier this month. It then went to the parliamentary Public Bill Committee for detailed examination and consideration. The Law Society, a professional body representing solicitors in England and Wales, wrote to the Committee. If it becomes law the bill would amend the stalwart Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, removing the current need to cite one of five specific reasons when applying for divorce….

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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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The balance of rights – anonymity in legal proceedings

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Jeremy Ford of Cambridge Family Law Practice represented the Litigation Friend on behalf of the child in a recent hearing before the President of the Family Division where the Telegraph Media Group Ltd, Associated Newspapers Limited, News Group Newspapers Limited and Reach sought to lift the anonymity order which protected the identity of the Claimant within the Judicial Review and Family Proceedings. The Media Group were successful in their application and the President decided that the anonymity order should be lifted in respect of the identity of the Claimant but not the child.  This important judgment delicately balances the competing…

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