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property | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Kennels, cohabitation, caution

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

As you will (we hope) already know, the law as it applies to unmarried couples is very different from that which relates to and protects married couples and civil partners when relationships break down. A recent case has given a salutary reminder of just how harsh the situation can be for people who share a life, a home, and a business but do not have the legal protection in place to look after their interests should the worst happen. The case is Curran v Collins, and it was reported in the press back in 2013 when the first instance decision…

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Goods and chattels

By | divorce, financial | 4 Comments

There was a time, in fact up until the late nineteenth century, when women were effectively chattels belonging to their husbands. On marriage, a woman’s possessions became her husband’s and she could not own property in her own right. It could also be said that a woman did not even own her own person: divorce, and thus freedom from abusive marriages, was almost impossible for all but the most privileged women as it required a special act of Parliament. Three Acts of Parliament, the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870, 1882 and 1893 changed the law to allow married women…

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Married/unmarried – what’s the real difference?

By | Children, Living together/cohabitation, News | No Comments

A recent report using data from the Office for National Statistics has shown that cohabiting couples are as likely to have children as married couples. This is the first time that we are seeing the same proportions of married and unmarried couples having children – 38% of both married and unmarried couples are parents. Whilst there remain numerically more married families with children, it is interesting that the percentages are now equal. The report looked at the change between 2001 and 2011 in family make up. Over the same period the number of single parent families has also increased. The…

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