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marriage | Cambridge Family Law Practice

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

By | Divorce myths, Living together/cohabitation, marriage, News | No Comments

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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Not very civil

By | Law news, Living together/cohabitation, marriage, News | No Comments

This week, the High Court refused permission to an opposite-sex couple to enter a civil partnership. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld had brought the case against the government on the basis that it breaches equalities legislation. This is because the only form of legally-recognised partnership in our country for opposite-sex couples is marriage, whereas gay and lesbian couples can choose whether they wish to marry or to form a civil partnership. This couple both feel that marriage is a patriarchal institution and want no part of it. However they do wish to have recognition and regulation of their relationship. They…

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Wedding bells

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We thought we’d shift the emphasis this week from family breakdown to family formation by taking a look at marriage. The Law Commission – the civil service body that researches, considers and recommends changes to statute law in this country – has just released a scoping paper “Getting Married”, on the formalities required to contract a valid marriage in England and Wales. It makes interesting reading, so we thought we’d share the highlights with you.

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