How cohabiting couples should protect their finances – Family Law

‘Historically, cohabitation agreements, sometimes known as “no-Nups”, were frowned upon as they were seen to encourage sexual relations outside of marriage. Thankfully, times have moved on and that’s no longer the case. The general view is that such agreements are enforceable if they deal with cohabitees’ property and affairs, and provided they are entered into freely with full information. Often, disputes between cohabitees following separation relate to what was or wasn’t intended, for example, in relation to the property in which they live. Having a clear record of the cohabitees’ intentions in a cohabitation agreement can avoid expensive disputes about those issues.’

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Family Law, 30th September 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

What is a ‘relationship akin to marriage’? – Richmond Chambers

‘Under the Immigration Rules, a person who is British or Settled in the UK can bring their unmarried partner to the UK. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘partner visa’ or ‘de facto visa’. This is an option that more couples are currently considering, partly due to the ongoing restrictions around the world on wedding ceremonies due to covid-19.’

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Richmond Chambers, 1st May 2020

Source: immigrationbarrister.co.uk

How Does Cohabitation Affect Divorce Settlement? – St Paul’s Chambers

Posted April 28th, 2020 in cohabitation, divorce, news by sally

‘Going through a divorce can be an overwhelming process whereby those involved are seeking answers and security during a time of uncertainty. Questions often asked by divorcing spouses signing up to spousal maintenance orders in favour of their soon-to-be former spouse may be, “what happens if they cohabit? How does cohabitation affect divorce settlement? Surely I will not have to continue to pay maintenance in these circumstances?”. And the answer is that you might. Cohabitation after divorce and cohabitation before divorce is final do not necessarily have bearing on spousal maintenance payments, division of goods, or their rights in a divorce, unless clearly stipulated in your court order.’

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St Paul's Chambers, 23rd April 2020

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Unmarried partners still missing bereavement payments – BBC News

‘Means-tested payments of up to £10,000 are made to parents whose husband, wife or civil partner has died.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Financial Remedy Update, February 2020 – Family Law Week

Posted February 13th, 2020 in cohabitation, divorce, financial provision, joinder, matrimonial home, news, third parties by tracey

‘Sarah Hunter, Senior Associate and Eleanor Cawthra, Associate Mills & Reeve LLP consider the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2020.’

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Family Law Week, 12th February 2020

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Bereavement payments for co-habiting couples urged – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2020 in benefits, bereavement, children, cohabitation, equality, news by sally

‘A landmark legal case has found denying bereavement payments to co-habiting couples is against human rights law.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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The House of Lords on marriages and sharia law – Law & Religion UK

Posted October 25th, 2019 in cohabitation, interpretation, islamic law, marriage, news, parliament, women by sally

‘The issue of unregistered religious marriages has come up once again in the House of Lords. On 23 October, Baroness Cox asked the Government:

“what progress they have made in implementing the first recommendation of The independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales, published in February 2018, in order to protect Muslim women in Islamic marriages which are not civilly registered.”’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th October 2019

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Widow’s fight to get partner’s name on birth certificate- BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2019 in bereavement, birth certificates, children, cohabitation, equality, families, news, paternity, widows by tracey

‘A woman whose partner died while she was pregnant has said she suffered “emotional trauma” fighting through the courts to put his name on their child’s birth certificate.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cohabiting with a partner: protecting assets – Family Law

Posted September 12th, 2019 in cohabitation, mortgages, news by tracey

‘Press reports of Boris Johnson and his partner arguing days before moving into No. 10 together has raised questions about the longevity of their cohabitation. However, with the number of cohabiting couples continuing to increase, how can lawyers advise those who choose to move in together protect their assets in the case of a breakup? Carrie Symonds is the first ‘unmarried’ PM partner to reside at Downing Street – confirmation, if we needed it, that couples choosing to simply cohabit (rather than marry before living together) is becoming the norm. Marriage is no longer the main priority for every couple, with many considering living together, commitment enough. As well as cohabiting being deemed as more socially acceptable than ever before, it has practical appeal too. For many, allowing the financial responsibility of owning and running a household to be shared can make a lot of sense, until a relationship breakdown.’

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Family Law, 12th September 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Service by Whatsapp? – Family Law

‘In a recent dispute between cohabitees, the court has upheld an order that a claim form could be served on a defendant out of the jurisdiction by way of a Whatsapp message.’

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Family Law, 4th September 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Financial Remedy Update, September 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2019

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Woman wins right to late partner’s military pension in landmark ruling – BBC News

‘A woman has won the right to her late partner’s military pension in a landmark ruling for unmarried couples.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2019

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How far should family law reflect modern family life? The case of cohabitation, equal civil partnerships and the common law marriage myth – Transparency Project

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bills, civil partnerships, cohabitation, equality, families, marriage, news, statistics by sally

‘There is no longer just one way of ‘doing’ family in modern Britain. With much greater gender equality and social acceptance of different family forms, how we organise family life and our personal relationships has changed considerably in recent times. In some ways, the law in England and Wales has kept pace with change – same-sex civil partnerships in 2004 and same-sex marriage in 2013 are shining examples of progressive legislative landmarks. Yet we have witnessed clear policy reluctance to offer legal protection to opposite-sex couples who reject marriage, despite Law Commission recommendations in 2007 and despite many other countries including Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand having reformed their cohabitation law.’

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Transparency Project, 26th March 2019

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Midwife wins legal battle with CEO ex over £1m home after he promised her half of property in pub – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2019 in cohabitation, families, financial dispute resolution, midwives, news by sally

‘A midwife has beaten her CEO ex-partner in a legal battle over their £1 million home, after a High Court judge agreed he promised her half the property during a conversation in the pub 13 years ago.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2019

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Spousal maintenance orders: a meal ticket for life? – Family Law

Posted February 25th, 2019 in appeals, bills, children, cohabitation, divorce, families, financial provision, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘According to Sara Hunt, a knowledge lawyer at Farrer & co, the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Mills v Mills has highlighted the current debate regarding spousal maintenance in England and Wales. Press headlines have focused on the apparent “meal ticket for life” that such orders are said to provide.’

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Family Law, 25th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Blog: Divorce and the Muslim community – Family Law

‘Solicitor advocate and law writer David Burrows writes that to define a valid marriage in English law is by no means obvious.’

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Family Law, 7th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Case Comment: In the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48 – UKSC Blog

‘It may seem somewhat Dickensian that an unmarried parent would be ineligible for social benefits as a widow/er upon the death of their partner and co-parent, but that was the situation created by the legislation challenged in Re Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48 (Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Hodge and Lady Black). The issue under scrutiny was entitlement to widowed parent’s entitlement (WPA). WPA is a contributory social security benefit payable to parents of dependent children who are widowed; but, at the time of the claim, a widowed parent was only eligible for WPA if at the time of the death, s/he was married to, or the civil partner of, the deceased [para 1 of the judgment]. The appellant, who had four dependent children with her deceased partner, but had never married him, argued that this requirement discriminated against the survivor and/or the children on the basis of their marital or birth status, contrary to ECHR, art 14. The Supreme Court allowed the appeal majority of 4 to 1 (Lord Hodge dissenting) and made a declaration that s 39A is incompatible with ECHR, art 14 read with art 8, insofar as it precludes any entitlement to WPA by a surviving unmarried partner of the deceased.’

Proposed legislation to create heterosexual civil partnerships will still not create a “common law” marriage – Family Law

‘In June 2018 the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a heterosexual couple who had argued that their inability to formalise their relationship through a civil partnership was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The Prime Minister indicated in October that she would legislate to give all couples the same choices as to how to achieve legal recognition of their relationship for the first time, writes Ashford’s family solicitor Emma Mackay.’

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Family Law, 22nd November 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Relationships as seen in the eyes of the law – Family Law

‘Relationships have been in the news in 2018. Not only did we see two Royal weddings, but at the opposite end of the romance spectrum, in June the UK Supreme Court ruled that it was discriminatory not to allow opposite-sex couples to form civil partnerships. Dianne Millen, an associate at Morton Fraser in Edinburgh, looks at relationships as seen in the eyes of the law.’

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Family Law, 13th November 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Unmarried couples’ entitlements and cohabitation agreements – Family Law

Posted October 31st, 2018 in children, cohabitation, contracts, financial provision, news by sally

‘The number of cohabitating families has increased by almost 30% in the last decade, which has led to a rise in complex legal disputes after a break-up. It is a common misconception that cohabitants possess the same legal rights and obligations as a married couple or a civil partnership. There is no such thing as a “common law” husband or wife in the eyes of the Court and therefore it is important that cohabitants are aware of their rights, according to Danielle Bentley, a solicitor at Herrington & Carmichael LLP.’

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Family Law, 29th October 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk