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Outdoor weddings and civil partnerships now permanently available

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Outdoor weddings and civil partnership are now permanently available to couples in England and Wales following the introduction of new legislation.   The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 makes previously temporary measures allowing outdoor ceremonies into permanent legislation. It is a ‘statutory instrument’ – the main method by which so-called ‘secondary legislation’ is created in the UK. Secondary legislation is specific laws drafted from the broader principles of ‘primary’ legislation – e.g., acts of Parliament.   The temporary measures had been in place since summer 2021. They were introduced in order to try and encourage a…

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Multinational couple argue over money before divorce begins

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The wife of a multimillionaire hedge fund manager has been had her claim for interim maintenance and legal costs significantly reduced by the High Court.   Referred to as ‘W’ in the judgement, she had enjoyed some business success before becoming a stay-at-home mother. She and the husband – ‘H’ – were both from outside the UK. They married in London in 2017 and went on to have two children, now aged three and one. The husband was a citizen of three separate countries, while the wife had two nationalities. The siblings are UK citizens, but they too hold other…

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Court transfers care of nine year-old to father

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A nine year-old girl has been sent to live with her father by the High Court thanks to her mother’s continuing involvement with a New Age organisation. In Re S the parents had separated when the girl was just a year old. The mother then became involved with Universal Medicine, an Australian group which promotes New Age spiritual beliefs and healing practices, which it calls the “Way of the Livingness”. The daughter was closely involved with the mother’s lifestyle, eating the same restricted diet and attending healing sessions and group events. The father came to believe the doctrines of Universal…

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Radical Divorce Bill Awaits Approval

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The radical Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament this week and is now awaiting Royal Assent, the final stage in the creation of new legislation. The key change introduced by the legislation will be the removal of the current requirement to cite one of five ‘facts’ or reasons when applying for a divorce. These are: Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion Two years’ separation by agreement Five years’ separation without agreement The requirement to cite these facts has been a bone of contention for decades, with lawyers and campaigners arguing that attributing fault in four…

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