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Revised divorce form to provide more information

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A new version of a key form used in divorce has been published. Form D81 is completed and signed by both parties to a divorce once one has applied for a financial settlement that would result in a legally binding ‘consent order’ (so called because each party consents to the agreement). D81 is formally entitled Statement of information for a consent order in relation to a financial remedy – it details each party’s financial circumstances and is used by the family courts to determine whether the agreed division of assets and property is fair and reasonable. The joint signatures also…

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Bill raising minimum age of marriage gets third reading

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A bill raising the minimum age for marriage to 18 received an unopposed third reading in the House of Commons in late February. Under current legislation, 16- and 17-year-olds can marry in England and Wales with the consent of their parents or guardian, but the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill would remove this provision if it reaches the statute books. Following an amendment, it would also prevent under-18s from travelling to Scotland or Northern Ireland to marry. The latter prohibition will also apply in reverse and extend to marriages conducted in other countries too. An official note on…

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Therapist granted declaration regarding her father

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The adult daughter of a woman born following an affair has been granted a legal declaration concerning the identify of her biological father. The therapist, ‘Ruth’, is now in her early 60s. She was born out of wedlock to a then 18-year-old mother. The mother, ‘Constance’, was from an orthodox Jewish background while the father, then aged 27, was an Irish citizen. When the mother became pregnant, the father, ‘Patrick’, refused to marry her, leaving her in a difficult position. In the family division of the High Court, Mr Justice Mostyn explained: “Constance needed to find a husband quickly as…

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Government plans changes to Human Rights Act

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The government has announced plans to revise the Human Rights Act, making Parliament the ultimate arbiter in human rights case rather than the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. According to the Ministry of Justice, the “far-reaching proposals” would, however, maintain a firm commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights, on which the Human Rights Act 1998 was based, incorporating its provisions into UK law. Contrary to popular belief, the European Court of Human Rights is a separate organisation, unconnected with the European Union, and the UK remains a member. But the revised legislation would, the Ministry claims…

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