A de-facto problem – Family Law

‘Should cohabiting couples be permitted to bring more comprehensive financial applications to court upon separation? This longstanding discussion amongst family lawyers in England continues and will continue afresh in the wake of the recent House of Commons Briefing Paper “Common law marriage” and Cohabitation published on 4 May 2021.’

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Family Law, 31st August 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

E v L [2021] EWFC 60 (Fam) – Short, childless marriages, the sharing principle and absence of white leopards – Becket Chambers

‘The parties became engaged in 2016 married in 2017 and separated in 2019. The parties disagreed over the date of cohabitation, the wife saying 2016 and the husband denying there was any cohabitation before marriage.’

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Becket Chambers, 13th August 2021

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A de-facto problem – Family Law

Posted July 12th, 2021 in cohabitation, families, financial dispute resolution, marriage, news by tracey

‘Should cohabiting couples be permitted to bring more comprehensive financial applications to court upon separation? This longstanding discussion amongst family lawyers in England continues and will continue afresh in the wake of the recent House of Commons Briefing Paper “Common law marriage” and Cohabitation published on 4 May 2021.’

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Family Law, 8th July 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The meaning of the term “associated person”- s.62 (3) of the Family Law Act 1996 – Becket Chambers

‘Why is it important to show that the parties are “associated persons” for the purposes of FLA 1996 (FLA 1996)?’

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Becket Chambers, 17th June 2021

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What is a Cohabitation Agreement, and do I need one? – Family Law

Posted February 26th, 2021 in cohabitation, families, financial dispute resolution, news by tracey

‘Many couples, despite living together, never seek to legally formalise their living and financial arrangements. They mistakenly believe that the concept of a “common law” husband and wife applies to them namely that they will automatically have financial claims against each other simply because they live together. The reality is far from this. Cohabitants do not have the same financial protection and security on the breakdown of their relationship as is afforded to married couples/those in civil partnerships.’

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Family Law, 26th February 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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