Stranded Spouses and Immigration Control – Family Law Week

‘Sulema Jahangir, solicitor with Dawson Cornwell, explains the plight of wives and mothers who are stranded in foreign countries, often separated from their children, and unable to return to England because of immigration restrictions.’

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Family Law Week, 31st March 2015

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Convicted murderers become first gay couple to marry in prison – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2015 in equality, homosexuality, marriage, married persons, murder, news, prisons by sally

‘Two convicted murderers detained in one of Britain’s toughest prisons have become the first gay couple to marry behind bars.’

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The Guardian, 28th March 2015

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Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake row could force Muslims to print Prophet Mohammed cartoons – lawyer – Daily Telegraph

‘Human Rights barrister claims gay marriage cake court case would erode right to refuse to act against conscience.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2015

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UK minister asks foreign governments to clarify rights of gay people – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2015 in civil partnerships, foreign jurisdictions, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

‘The government has written to the authorities in more than 70 countries and foreign jurisdictions in an attempt to clarify the rights of gay people who are working or travelling abroad. The equalities minister, Jo Swinson, has asked national and regional governments including Australia, Chile, Israel, South Africa and all 50 US states to confirm whether they recognise British civil partnerships and marriages between same-sex couples, and what rights gay people can expect when they travel.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2015

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Two convicted murderers could be first same-sex couple to wed in a British prison – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in homosexuality, marriage, murder, news, prisons by sally

‘Two convicted murderers are set to wed in prison on Monday, in what is believed to the first gay wedding in a British jail.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from January 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 19th February 2015

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Bridegroom who couldn’t remember the name of the woman he planned to marry is jailed for attempting to break UK immigration laws – The Independent

Posted February 17th, 2015 in conspiracy, fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by sally

‘A bridegroom who couldn’t remember the name of the woman he planned to marry has been jailed for attempting to undergo a bogus wedding to cheat immigration laws.’

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The Independent, 13th February 2015

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Regina v Ali (Nazakat) – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, illegality, immigration, marriage, news, solicitors by sally

Regina v Ali (Nazakat) [2015] EWCA Crim 43; [2015] WLR (D) 46

‘A solicitor who had been instrumental in finding brides for non-European Union clients and advising the clients to make false applications for certificates of approval, which he submitted to the to the UK Border Agency, had facilitated a breach of immigration law by his clients.’

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2015

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Politicians have a human right to sound racist, says equalities watchdog – Daily Telegraph

‘Equality and Human Rights Commission upholds right to publish Mohammed cartoons but not to teach that gay people will ‘burn in Hell’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2015

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Sham marriage stopped after groom uses iPhone translate function to talk to ‘fiancee’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 13th, 2015 in fraud, gangs, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by sally

‘Avtar Singh caught after raising suspicions by accessing translation app to communicate with future Czech wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2015

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‘Milestone tax breaks’ idea for married couples who stay together longer – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 12th, 2015 in children, cohabitation, judges, marriage, news, taxation by sally

‘Former High Court family judge Sir Paul Coleridge calls for couples to be given extra tax breaks after passing landmark wedding anniversaries to encourage family stability.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th January 2015

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Non-believers push for legal recognition of humanist weddings – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2014 in marriage, news by sally

‘Government due to respond to call for non-religious marriages to be enforceable in law, ending need for second, civil ceremony.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Representing Transgendered Clients – a guide for family lawyers – Family Law Week

‘Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright, barrister of 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, offers a guide to the Gender Recognition Act 2004.’

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Family Law week, 11th December 2014

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Mass polygamy in UK Muslim community – claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 10th, 2014 in bills, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news, polygamy, women by sally

‘Peer warns widespread polygamy being ‘condoned’ as report claims many Muslim women trapped in legal limbo.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th December 2014

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Couple launch challenge to heterosexual ban on Civil Partnerships – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The future of civil partnerships is again in the news. In October, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan tried to register a Civil Partnership at Chelsea Town Hall but were rebuffed on the grounds that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 reserves that status strictly for same sex couples. Their lawyer, Louise Whitfield of Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors has announced their intention to seek a judicial review and the couple have also started a petition.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th December 2014

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Couple launch legal challenge against ban on heterosexual civil partnerships – The Guardian

‘Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan launch judicial review after trying to hold ceremony at town hall and being turned away.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2014

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New powers to tackle sham marriage announced – Home Office

Posted December 1st, 2014 in civil partnerships, fraud, immigration, marriage, press releases, registrars by tracey

‘Home Office will have more time to investigate suspected sham marriages.’

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Home Office, 25th November 2014

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Same sex couples – now with added marriage – Tanfield Chambers

‘MSSCA 2013 does not create a new status of “same sex marriage” 1 (SSM). It extends the
existing institution of marriage to same sex couples:
s.1 The marriage of same sex couples is lawful.
s.11(1) In the law of England and Wales, marriage has the same effect’

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Tanfield Chambers, 14th November 2014

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Notice period doubled from next spring for all marriages and civil partnerships – Free Movement

Posted November 25th, 2014 in civil partnerships, fraud, immigration, marriage, news, notification by sally

‘It has been announced today [24 November] by Minister for Security and Immigration James Brokenshire that Part 4 of the Immigration Act 2014 is to be brought into full effect on 2 March 2015. This amends the procedure for marriage and civil partnership for everyone (not just foreign nationals) and creates new powers for duties to report sham marriages and the investigation and preventing of sham marriages.’

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Free Movement, 24th November 2014

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Lancashire sham marriages: Manchester gang jailed – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2014 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A Manchester gang which set up sham weddings between Pakistani grooms and Portuguese brides has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2014

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