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Rights of Cohabiting Couples and the “Common Law” Marriage Myth

Published: 14th March 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in family law is the idea that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples.  In a survey undertaken in 2013 by OneplusOne, a surprising share of respondents (approximately 40%) believed that simply living together without being married gave couples the same rights as married couples.

Top Family Judges in Disagreement over Divorce Privacy

Published: 9th March 2016

High Court Family Judge Mr Justice Moor has warned that a disagreement between senior members of the judiciary over privacy in high value divorce cases "needs to be dealt with" and that clarification from the Court of Appeal over what private information the public has access to is long overdue.

Could a 'no fault divorce' system benefit the UK?

Published: 4th March 2016

There has been much debate over the years as to whether the UK should adopt a 'no fault divorce' system. Although other countries have successfully adopted this system, the postponement of the second reading of the No Fault Divorce Bill to 11th March 2016 suggests it is still some way off. But would a 'no fault divorce' option actually benefit the UK?

ONS report reveals almost 2m people were victims of domestic abuse last year

Published: 1st March 2016

A recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that almost 2 million people have been victims of abuse from partners or family members over the past year.

Campaigners call for the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Published: 12th February 2016

On 13th January 2016, campaigners, MPs and family lawyers hosted a discussion panel to explore the possibility of extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

Can you apply for a mortgage when your income comes from child support?

Published: 9th February 2016

Many divorcing and separating couples believe that they can't successfully apply for a mortgage when their sole income (or the majority of their income) is made up from payments of child support, but is this true?

The Importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney

Published: 13th January 2016

We are all aware of the benefits of drawing up a will so that you can make provisions for the winding up of your affairs after death, but too few people understand the benefits of having a Lasting Power of Attorney.

88% of people in the South East leave life-changing decisions in the hands of strangers

Published: 5th January 2016

An alarming new report reveals that people in the South East of England are leaving major decisions about housing, assets and care to chance.

UK'S First Online Dispute Resolution System Set to Launch in Spring 2016

Published: 5th January 2016

One of the largest providers of relationship support in the UK, Relate, are set to launch a new online dispute resolution (ODR) system this Spring.

Increase to court fees would be like introducing 'divorce tax', say Resolution

Published: 15th December 2015

Resolution Chair Jo Edwards addressed MPs at a hearing at the House of Commons last week to express her concerns about rising divorce fees, fearing that it could price some couples out of access to justice in the family courts.

Second Reading of 'No Fault Divorce' Bill to take place in the New Year

Published: 9th December 2015

The second reading of the 'No Fault Divorce' Bill is set to take place in the House of Commons on 22nd January 2016.

Children in foster care make better progress at school, new research suggests

Published: 1st December 2015

Researchers at Bristol and Oxford University have published new research which suggests that children in foster care achieve better grades and make more progress at school than other vulnerable children who stay with their families in a troubled environment.

New survey reveals children of divorce would rather their parents separate then stay together for their sake

Published: 24th November 2015

A new survey conducted by national family law organisation Resolution has revealed that 82% of young people who have been affected by divorce would rather see their parents separate then stay together for the sake of their children.

Husband wins the right to contest marriage on the grounds of bigamy

Published: 17th November 2015

A husband has been granted the right to contest that his marriage of almost 30 years should be nullified on the grounds of bigamy.

New figures reveal Cohabitation is the fastest growing family type in the UK

Published: 10th November 2015

New figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK.

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