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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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Expected in a Marriage

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This week, unusually, there have been plenty of family law stories making the headlines. The Court of Appeal yesterday reluctantly turned down the appeal of a couple who want the law to recognize civil partnerships for opposite-gender couples, Today the Supreme Court has looked at the legality of the financial barriers imposed by the last government on people wishing to bring in overseas-born spouses to the UK. However, we’re going to concentrate on a story that caught the attention of the media for a couple of days: the news that a woman is appealing against a court judgment that refused to…

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Not getting married

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According to the Office of National Statistics this week, the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 1.5m in 1996 to 3.3m in 2016. Cohabiting couple families now make up 17% of all families in the UK. What are the implications of this? The fundamental difference between marriage and cohabitation is that when you get married, you know that there is a legal framework around what would happen if you were to split up: the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 kicks in to regulate your divorce and any financial arrangements that need to be made…

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Separating well

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In the early stages of a separation, you can feel like you’re in a vortex: everything is swirling around, uncertain, and it’s difficult to find anything to grab on to and steady yourself. Here are 10 things that our experience has taught us can help. Put children first. If you have children, their needs should be the guiding factor while you are going through the separation. The research is clear: it’s not separation or divorce as such that can harm children, it’s being exposed to conflict. The very best thing you can do is not to argue in front of…

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