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More than 40 per cent of divorcees now borrow from friends & family

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A full 41 per cent of people aged under 55 now borrow from friends and family to finance their divorce, according to a recently published report. By contrast just 11 per cent of divorcees aged 55 or over reported having done so. According to Divorce in the UK – can we improve the process?, this stark difference is likely due to the fact that older divorcees were more likely to have been eligible for legal aid at the time their marriages ended. Eligibility for legal aid was drastically curtailed in 2013. Younger people have also embraced online divorce. While two…

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23 year-old divorce decree corrected by High Court

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A final decree of divorce issued 23 years ago contained an incorrect date, the High Court has ruled. X v Y concerned a couple who married twice – firstly at a secret ceremony in Spain in 1993 not attended by their families, and a second time in England a year later after reconciling with their relatives. The second ceremony would not have been allowed to proceed if they told the registrar about the earlier marriage in Spain because, under English law, they were already married. Two years later the marriage broke down. Mr X petitioned for divorce on the grounds…

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Government to review domestic abuse employment rights

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The government has announced a review of the best ways to protect domestic abuse survivors in the workplace. Topics under consideration will include flexible working, unplanned leave, and protections against financial abuse, such as paying the employee’s salary into a different account or providing emergency payments. Examples of best practice within the UK and abroad also be examined. Written evidence has been invited from employers across the country, on the following issues: What practical circumstances arise in relation to domestic abuse and work? What support can be offered in the workplace for victims of domestic abuse? What is possible with…

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Judge considers human rights in ‘tragic’ surrogacy case

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In a precedent-setting case, a widow has been declared the legal parent of a surrogate child. The case, Re X (2020), concerned a couple referred to in the judgement as Mr and Mrs Y. They wanted children but had been unable to conceive, and several rounds of IVF had also failed. They began to consider surrogacy and were eventually introduced to a second couple, Mr and Mrs X, who agreed to enter a surrogacy agreement with them. As surrogacy for profit is not legal in the UK, this would have been a personal arrangement between the two families. An embryo…

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