Sham marriage organiser jailed and bogus brides sentenced – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2014 in fraud, marriage, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who arranged sham marriages in Wales to help non-EU nationals obtain visas has been jailed for two years and nine months.’

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BBC News, 17th November 2014

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The Spywatcher – BBC Law in Action

Posted October 30th, 2014 in dispute resolution, fraud, inquiries, intelligence services, judges, marriage, news by sally

‘The Intelligence Services Commissioner, Sir Mark Waller, gives Law In Action his first broadcast interview.

Sir Mark, a retired judge, is charged with judicial oversight of, among other organisations, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.’

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BBC Law in Action,

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CPS to launch review after ‘shambolic’ fake marriage case collapses – The Independent

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to launch a full review of its procedures after a judge halted a case in which a vicar who was alleged to have operated a “conveyor belt” of sham marriages claimed that immigration officers concealed evidence and lied under oath.’

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The Independent, 23rd October 2014

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and Amy Starnes solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week in August.’

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Family Law Week, 5th September 2014

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Mothers’ names to be added to UK marriage registers in equality move – The Guardian

‘The names of couples’ mothers are to be added to marriage registers for the first time as the government addresses “another inequality in marriage” by introducing the first reforms to the system in more than 150 years, David Cameron has announced.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2014

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Church faces legal challenge after blocking job offer to married gay priest – The Guardian

‘The first priest to marry his same-sex partner is to issue a legal challenge to the Church of England after his offer of a job as an NHS chaplain was withdrawn when his bishop refused the necessary permission.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2014

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Marriage certificate could include mothers’ name – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2014 in documents, equality, marriage, names, news by sally

‘Mothers’ names could be included on marriage certificates in England and Wales, under plans being considered by the Home Office.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2014

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Criminalising Forced Marriage – The Deterrent Effect – Family Law Week

Posted June 27th, 2014 in crime, families, forced marriages, marriage, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Danish Ameen, barrister of 18 St John Street Chambers, considers the impact of the criminalisation of forced marriage which came into effect on the 16th June 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 26th June 2014

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Civil partnerships can be converted to marriages from December – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2014 in civil partnerships, gender, homosexuality, marriage, news, transsexuals by tracey

‘Same-sex couples will be able to convert their civil partnerships to marriages from December this year, the culture secretary has said.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2014

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Sham marriages ‘double in four years’, Home Office figures show – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 24th, 2014 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘The number of suspected sham marriages being reported by registrars has doubled in four years, official Home Office figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2014

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The Rights of European Citizens and their Spouses to Come to the UK: Inspecting the Application Process and the Tackling of Abuse – Home Office

Posted June 20th, 2014 in EC law, fraud, immigration, marriage, press releases by tracey

‘An inspection of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Home Office’s handling of this European casework by John Vine CBE QPM, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.’

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Home Office, 19th June 2014

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Immigration inspector warns of rise in proxy marriage misuse – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2014 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news by tracey

‘The chief inspector of borders has warned of increasing abuse of overseas “proxy marriages”, at which neither party is present at the ceremony, as a way to subvert British immigration rules.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2014

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Rise in couples seeking pre-nups – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2014 in divorce, Law Commission, marriage, news, prenuptial agreements, statistics by sally

‘Law firms report an increase in people seeking pre-nuptial agreements in the wake of new guidance from the Law Commission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2014

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Caterers who refuse to work on same-sex weddings face prosecution – Daily Telegraph

‘Chauffeurs, photographers and caterers could have to pay thousands of pounds in damages if they refuse to provide services to a same-sex wedding.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2014

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“With this diode, I thee wed”: Marrying robots and what this tells us about 21st century marriage – Family Law Week

Posted March 26th, 2014 in age of consent, consent, divorce, equality, gender, marriage, news by sally

‘Janet Bettle, Barrister, Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford and Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford examine the nature of marriage and how it may evolve.’

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Family Law Week, 25th March 2014

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Gay couples look forward to getting married on first legal day – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2014 in bills, civil partnerships, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

‘Historic ceremonies scheduled for 29 March herald new era of equality for gay couples across UK.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2014

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Men banned from becoming Queen as 700 years of law redrafted ahead of gay marriage – Daily Telegraph

‘Words such as “widow” removed from statutes while medieval treason laws and even rules on royal titles amended ahead of gay marriage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2014

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Couple get married in Britain’s first Scientology wedding – The Independent

Posted February 24th, 2014 in charities, equality, marriage, news, registrars, religious discrimination by sally

‘Scientologists Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli won a landmark legal battle to have the Church of Scientology recognised as a “place of meeting for religious worship”.’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2014

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Asaad v Kurter: The latest round in ‘non-marriage’ cases – is the tide turning? – Family Law Week

Posted February 14th, 2014 in conflict of laws, divorce, marriage, news by sally

‘Lily Mottahedan, barrister at 1 Hare Court, examines the court’s approach in determining whether a marriage was a “non-marriage” or a “void” or “valid” in the recent High Court judgment in Asaad v Kurter [2013] EWHC 3852 (Fam).’

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Family Law Week, 12th February 2014

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Gay couple threaten to sue UK government over same-sex marriage – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2014 in civil partnerships, divorce, equality, homosexuality, human rights, marriage, news by sally

‘A gay couple from Barnsley are threatening legal action against the government after discovering they will not be able to marry on 29 March, when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act comes into force, because they are already in a civil partnership.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014

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