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Cohabitation Rights Bill gathers pace in the House of Lords

Published: 16th December 2014

The Cohabitation Rights Bill is gathering pace and is now at the Committee Stage, following its second reading in the House of Lords.

Conversion of Civil Partnerships into marriages finally takes place

Published: 10th December 2014

From today (10th December 2014) same sex couples wishing to convert to marriage can chose either a simple event registering their conversion or participating in a ceremony attended by family and friends.

Couple challenge ban on civil partnerships for members of the opposite sex

Published: 9th December 2014

A heterosexual couple have launched a judicial review on their local council of Kensington and Chelsea after being refused the chance to hold a civil partnership ceremony.

Case Update: Career Sacrifice Discrimination - Common Sense Prevails

Published: 4th December 2014

In October we reported on the case of Julia Hammans who had given up a financially lucrative career upon meeting her then future husband.  We now have an update on the conclusion of the case.

New study reveals the impact divorce has in the workplace

Published: 4th December 2014

A new research study by national family law organisation Resolution has revealed the impact that divorce and separation can have on productivity and attendance in the British workplace.

New domestic violence law to be unveiled this week

Published: 25th November 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to unveil changes to domestic abuse laws this week, which will give the police the power to treat emotional and psychological abuse on the same level of prosecution as domestic violence.

Intestacy Law is changing - are you still happy to put off making a Will?

Published: 24th November 2014

If you are young and in good health you may think that you have no need for a Will.  It’s only old people who die and need a Will isn’t it?

If these are your beliefs you are not alone. 

Is marriage becoming just for the wealthy?

Published: 18th November 2014

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that there is a growing marriage gap between the rich and the poor, which raises the question,  "is marriage becoming just for the wealthy?"

New guidance released to encourage acting as a litigation friend in the Court of Protection

Published: 12th November 2014

A new set of guidelines have been published by the University of Manchester with the aim of trying to encourage more people to take up the role of a litigation friend in the Court of Protection.

Family Dispute Resolution Week

Published: 10th November 2014

In honor of family law organisation Resoluton and their third Family Disupte Resolution week, we look at the alternatives to court for resolving conflict in family disputes.

Support building for changes to cohabitation law

Published: 5th November 2014

Over the past few weeks, a wave of support has been building for reforms to current cohabitation law so that couples who are unmarried are treated fairly if their relationship breaks down and they separate in the future.

Ministry of Justice initiative will offer free support in family and civil law cases

Published: 3rd November 2014

A new £1.4m a year initiative funded by the Ministry of Justice will provide legal support and advice to people who represent themselves in family and civil law cases, with the launch of a network of court-based advice centres throughout England and Wales.

Government plans to support litigants in person doesn't address the wider problems

Published: 29th October 2014

New plans announced by the government last week to support litigants in person have been criticised by national family law organisation Resolution, with their Vice-Chair labelling them as "a sticking plaster for a family justice system left seriously wounded by cuts to legal aid".

Presumption of Parental Involvement comes into force on 22nd October 2014

Published: 22nd October 2014

The presumption of parental involvement outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force on 22nd October 2014 and will apply to cases started on or after that date.

Only a quarter of couples using counselling to save marriages

Published: 21st October 2014

A recent survey has revealed that only a quarter of couples whose marriage is on the verge of breakdown use counselling services to try and save their marriage.

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