Spinster sisters could win legal right to be treated as married couples, Peers told – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2013 in bills, carers, civil partnerships, families, human rights, married persons, news by sally

“The introduction of same-sex marriage could finally open the way for carers and relatives such as unmarried sisters who live together to be given the same legal status as married couples, the House of Lords has been told.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2013

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The truth about gay marriage: legally there is nothing to be gained – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The law pertaining to same-sex relationships has come a long way. Until the Sexual Offences Act 1967, homosexual relationships were illegal. Until the Civil Partnership Act 2004, there was no way of formalising a homosexual relationship. The debate has now moved to the more intricate matters surrounding the nature of that formalisation, with many people now campaigning for a law which would allow gay marriage.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th June 2013

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Myths and Realities about Equal Marriage – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is back before Parliament today for the ‘Report Stage’. The latest version of the Bill is here, updated explanatory notes here, and the full list of proposed amendments here. Predictably, the amendments are the focus of much controversy.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th May 2013

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Gay marriage: Review of civil partnerships possible but not until 2019 – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2013 in bills, civil partnerships, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

“Ministers have said they are prepared to review whether civil partnerships should be extended to heterosexual couples but not until 2019.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2013

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Children and same sex families: known biological fathers and contact: the decision in S v D and E / T v X and Y [2013] EWHC – Zenith Chambers

“Where do parents and prospective parents stand after the very recent decision in the case of S v D and E? What can parenting lesbian mothers and the men who donate sperm to enable them to have children expect if there is a disagreement between them as to the role of biological fathers in their children’s lives?”

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Zenith Chambers, 14th February 2013

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Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted March 6th, 2013 in bills, civil partnerships, divorce, jurisdiction, news, ombudsmen, statistics by sally

“Anna Heenan, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse February’s financial remedies and divorce news and cases.”

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Family Law Week, 5th March 2013

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Heterosexual couples challenge ‘discriminatory’ civil partnerships bar – Daily Telegraph

“Laws restricting civil partnerships to gay couples discriminate against heterosexuals, four straight couples are to argue in a landmark challenge at the European Court of Human Rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2013

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers three important recent judgments in Children private law proceedings.”

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Family Law Week, 13th February 2013

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Gay marriage: some legal inequalities will remain – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in appeals, bills, civil partnerships, divorce, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

“The aim of the marriage (same-sex couples) bill is to ensure that all couples enjoy equal marriage rights. Some elements of legal asymmetry remain, however, under the legislation.”

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The Guardian, 5th February 2013

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Gay marriages: Government publishes legislation – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2013 in Christianity, civil partnerships, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

“Legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales has been published.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2013

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What a religious discrimination ruling means for local government – The Guardian

“Councils can expect the backing of the legal system if they insist that employees conduct civil partnerships.”

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The Guardian, 16th January 2013

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Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Dittrich – WLR Daily

Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Dittrich (Joined Cases C-124/11, C-125/11 and C-143/11); [2012] WLR (D) 370

“On the proper interpretation of article 3(1)(c) and 3(3) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation, assistance granted to public servants in the event of illness fell within the scope of the Directive if it was the responsibility of the state, as a public employer, to finance it, that being a matter for the national court to determine.”

WLR Daily, 6th December 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Children: Private Law Update (November 2012) – Family Law Week

Posted November 23rd, 2012 in children, civil partnerships, education, families, news, residence orders by tracey

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews important recent developments relating to private children law.”

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Family Law week, 22nd November 2012

Source:  www.familylawweek.co.uk

Greater freedoms for people tying the knot – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2012 in civil partnerships, marriage, news by sally

“From today couples tying the knot will be given greater freedom of choice as outdated time restrictions on ceremonies are removed.”

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Home Office, 1st October 2012

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Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements – Law Commission

“Following its 2012 consultation on marital property agreements (‘pre-nups’), the Law Commission has opened a supplementary consultation on needs and non-matrimonial property.”

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Law Commission, 11th September 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Finance and Divorce September Update – Family Law Week

Posted September 10th, 2012 in civil partnerships, divorce, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

“Anna Heenan, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse July’s financial remedies and divorce news and cases.”

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Family Law Week, 7th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Christian rights cases go before Strasbourg court – The Guardian

“The freedom of Christians to wear crosses at work and to refuse to support same-sex relationships will come under international legal scrutiny at the European court of human rights this week.”

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The  Guardian, 2nd September 2012

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Cohabitation Update – Zenith Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2012 in civil partnerships, cohabitation, news by sally

“The law of property, as it applies to cohabiting couples in England and Wales, continues to produce outcomes which many commentators regard as unfair. In the Scottish case of Gow v. Grant, a recent appeal under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 Lady Hale calls for similar legislation to be introduced in England and Wales.”

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Zenith Chambers, 17th July 2012

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Civil partnerships should have been called marriage, says top divorce lawyer – Daily Telegraph

“The debate over same-sex unions could have been avoided if civil partnerships had been described as marriage by the Government, a top divorce lawyer has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2012

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Appeal court overturns civil partnership award – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2012 in appeals, civil partnerships, financial provision, news by sally

“Judges have overturned a decision that awarded an actor a £1.7m settlement after his civil partnership broke down.”

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BBC News, 29th March 2012

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