Government: ‘now is not the right time’ for review of marriage law – Family Law

‘The Government has informed the Law Commission that ‘now is not the right time’ for a full review of marriage law.’

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Family Law, 27th October 2017

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Can marriage officers refuse to marry same-sex couples? – OUP Blog

Posted October 9th, 2017 in civil servants, equality, human rights, marriage, news by sally

‘Freedom of religion and same-sex equality are not inherently incompatible. But sometimes they do seem to be on a collision course. This happens, for instance, when religiously devout marriage officers refuse to marry same-sex couples. In the wake of legal recognition of same-sex marriage around the world, states have grappled with civil servants who cannot reconcile their legal duties with their religious beliefs.’

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OUP Blog, 9th October 2017

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English marriage law discriminates against minorities – celebrants could change that – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 8th, 2017 in legislation, marriage, news, religious discrimination by sally

‘Getting married is a major life event. Not only is it a public affirmation of one person’s commitment towards another but it also results in significant life-changing obligations. The marriage ceremony should mean something to both people, as well as being valid and enforceable in law. But at the moment, English law does not allow all citizens to get married in a way that meets their needs.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th August 2017

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I’m an LGBT rights lawyer, and these are some of the strangest cases I’ve had to fight in court – The Independent

Posted July 26th, 2017 in divorce, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news, surrogacy, transsexuals by sally

‘If you are a same sex married couple you cannot get divorced on the grounds of adultery, because ‘adultery’ in UK law still takes a biblical definition meaning a man and a woman. One of my clients couldn’t divorce her husband because he’d been cheating with a man, so it didn’t count as ‘adultery’. Another ran into serious problems with surrogacy.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2017

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Age limits on drinking, having sex, getting married and being arrested – BBC News

‘Young people get a number of personal freedoms when they turn 16 in some parts of the UK, but they may have to wait another 24 months to gain other rights.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update April 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 20th April 2017

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Civil Partnerships and Marriage: Labels or a state of mind? – Family Law Week

Posted March 17th, 2017 in civil partnerships, marriage, news by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, traces the development of the law relating to marriage and civil partnership up to and including the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Steinfeld & Keidan.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update March 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2017

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Banns of marriage – their development and future – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Church of England, disclosure, marriage, news, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales by sally

‘The legal requirement to read banns for couples intending to marry in church services was considered by members of the Church of England General Synod on 14 February 2017. Though Synod rejected moves that sought to end this “ecclesiastical preliminary” to marriage, important arguments were cited both for their retention and for their removal. In this post, we summarize the development and current usage in England and Wales, Scotland and the two jurisdictions in Ireland, and examine possible future directions.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd February 2017

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Should heterosexual couples be allowed to enter civil partnerships? – The Guardian

‘A heterosexual couple who labelled traditional marriage as a “sexist” and “patriarchal” institution, have lost their appeal to enter into a civil partnership.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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‘Keep sex abuse dad’s name off my wedding certificate’ – BBC News

Posted February 17th, 2017 in bills, child abuse, families, marriage, news by sally

‘If Jenny ever gets married, there will be no dad walking her down the aisle and, if she gets her way, no mention of him on her marriage certificate either.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2017

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Unmarried woman wins pension battle – BBC News

‘A woman who lost her long-term partner has won a legal battle that is likely to improve the pension rights of unmarried couples in the public sector.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2017

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Arranged marriages happier, claims former High Court family judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2016 in judges, marriage, news, statistics by sally

‘Arranged marriage could be happier than marrying for love because it removes the pressure to find the “perfect” partner before settling down, a former top High Court family judge has claimed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2016

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Sham marriage gang jailed for more than 52 years – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 25th, 2016 in conspiracy, fraud, gangs, marriage, news, sentencing by michael

‘Eleven people have been jailed after they were found guilty of facilitating and participating in sham marriages between European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and non-EEA nationals.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th October 2016

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The 13th Programme – New Law Journal

Posted September 28th, 2016 in inquiries, Law Commission, leases, marriage, news, surrogacy by sally

‘What should the Law Commission include in its next programme of law reform? Kathleen Shields discusses some options’

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New Law Journal, 15th September 2016

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UK courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces, sharia expert says – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in courts, divorce, inquiries, islamic law, marriage, news, women by sally

‘British courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces via a specialised unit set up to protect the rights of Muslim women, a leading expert in sharia law will advise a House of Commons inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update August 2016 – Family Law Week

Posted August 19th, 2016 in children, cohabitation, divorce, financial provision, marriage, news, paternity by tracey

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 7th August 2016

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Four Latvians jailed in UK for exploiting vulnerable migrants – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in fraud, gangs, immigration, marriage, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘Four members of a Latvian organised crime gang who used vulnerable fellow migrants to launder stolen money and offered their indebted female eastern European workers as brides for hire have been sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison at Huntingdon crown court.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2016

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Four guilty of hijacking migrant workers’ bank accounts – The Guardian

‘Three men and a woman convicted of laundering criminally acquired money in Cambridgeshire after trial over offences relating to exploitation of workers.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2016

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Gay clergyman to appeal after losing discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘A gay clergyman who lost an employment tribunal against the Church of England has been given the right to appeal.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2016

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