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Bereavement Benefits for Unmarried Partners

By | Law news, Living together/cohabitation, News, the emotional side, the family courts | No Comments

Co-habitation has once again come under the spotlight with the recent Supreme Court decision that denying bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The case – An application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48 – centred around the widowed parent’s allowance (‘WPA’) – a contributory, non-means-tested benefit payable to men and women with dependent children who were widowed before March 2017. Ms McLaughlin’s partner, John Adams, died on 28 January 2014. They had lived together for 23 years and had four children. In accordance…

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Habitual residence and child abduction – where are the boundaries?

By | Children, FAQ, Law news, News, the family courts | No Comments

When a child is taken by one parent to a foreign country away from their other parent, emotions will always run high and the law will often be complex. Recently the BBC attempted to explore the legal minefield that is international child abduction law by covering the story of Tracy, whose daughter had been taken by her father, a Czech citizen, from Bradford to the Czech Republic. In the programme the BBC suggested that: ‘Under the Hague Convention, which governs cases of child custody waged across international borders, a child’s base is considered to be the country in which he…

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Vulnerable witnesses

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Our new partner, Jeremy Ford, brings to Cambridge Family Law Practice his experience in international family law. Earlier this year, Jeremy, at short notice, represented the children in a fact finding hearing in the High Court which tested the jurisdictional capacity of English law and which considered the best interests of four siblings who had been brought up in different jurisdictions. This case was reported as M v F & Ors [2018] EWHC 1720 (Fam) (16 February 2018) and is a good example of how the court addressed the issue of a litigant in person, who was an alleged perpetrator,…

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Needs vs ‘Meal Ticket for Life’?

By | divorce, Divorce myths, financial, Law news, News | No Comments

A new briefing paper funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found that high profile, ‘meal ticket for life’ cases have given a distorted view of final settlements in divorces. Dr Emma Hitchings (University of Bristol) and Joanna Miles (University of Cambridge) recently published a briefing paper outlining key findings from their research on financial settlements in divorce cases. The briefing focuses on the current debate over ‘meal ticket for life’ divorces and provides evidence to refute widespread anecdotal claims of women as lifelong ‘alimony drones’. A key finding from the study highlights that immediate clean breaks between divorcing couples are…

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