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cohabitation | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Wills and ways

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There have been three cases concerning wills over the past couple of weeks, so we thought it might be time again to take a look at this rather ‘niche’ area of the work we do. As specialists in family law, we don’t deal with the making of wills in general, except for reminding our clients (of course) that the fact of divorce affects inheritance under a will, and when you’re going through a separation you may wish to update yours to make sure it reflects what you would wish to happen to your property in the event of your death….

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Step forward, cohabitants

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This week we’ve seen the law make a significant move towards better recognition of the modern family. The Supreme Court has recognised the right of someone who shared a home and life with a worker to claim a pension after their partner’s death on the same terms as if they had been married. You can click here for the full judgment. The claimant, Denise Brewster, lived with her partner William McMullan for ten years. On Christmas Eve 2009, they became engaged, but tragically William died just two days later. At the time of his death, William had been working for…

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Not getting married

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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

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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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