Islamic “marriage” ceremony at home declared invalid by Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 25th, 2013 in Court of Protection, immigration, learning difficulties, marriage, news by tracey

‘A Local Authority v SY [2013] EWHC 3485 COP (12 November 2013].
A judge in the Court of Protection has ruled that a man who had “exploited and took advantage” of a young woman for the purpose of seeking to bolster his immigration appeal had engaged in an invalid marriage ceremony.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th November 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

The courts are secular, says top family judge – Law Society’s Gazette

“The law has a neutral view of religious belief, the president of the Family Division said today, stressing the secular nature of the judges’ job.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th October 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 – Shared Buildings Regulations – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 4th, 2013 in homosexuality, marriage, news, regulations by sally

“The Consultation seeks views on draft Regulations which provide arrangements for the registration of shared religious buildings to solemnize marriages of same sex couples.”

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd October 2013

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

Court of Protection Update – Family Law Week

“Sally Bradley and Michael Edwards, barristers, 4 Paper Buildings, consider three important judgments of the Court of Protection.”

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Family Law Week, 20th September 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Sham marriage exposed after groom turns up with three different brides – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 19th, 2013 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by tracey

“A man who attempted to set up a sham marriage to stay in the UK was caught by officials after his ‘partner’ failed to remember his name when booking the wedding and was then replaced by a different bride on the big day.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th August 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 – Top Ten guide to the new act by Marisa Allman – Zenith Chambers

Posted July 31st, 2013 in civil partnerships, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

“This is an Act to make provision for same sex couples in England and Wales and about gender change for married persons and civil partners. It does not;

– Change the law relating to marriage for couples of the opposite sex
– Abolish civil partnership or repeal the Civil Partnership Act 2004
– Extend civil partnership to couples of the opposite sex”

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Zenith Chambers, 24th July 2013

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Not equal everywhere: legal problems for gay couples who emigrate – Daily Telegraph

“Same-sex couples face continued uncertainty over their legal rights abroad that could leave them vulnerable. Family lawyer Fiona Wood explains more.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Putting a ring on it, Constitutional Carnage and Court Transparency – The Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 23rd, 2013 in constitutional law, courts, human rights, marriage, news by tracey

“This week, the government’s controversial legislation on same sex marriage received Royal Assent. And, as we welcome a new royal baby, less glamorous facets of the UK’s constitutional arrangements have been in the news.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd July 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Scientology case has judges debating the meaning of religion – The Guardian

“Five supreme court justices have spent a day wrestling with notions of God, nirvana and what constitutes worship in an attempt to decide whether Scientologists may conduct weddings.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gay marriage: freedom of speech and conscience – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“At the beginning of 2013 11 countries allowed gay marriage to be performed. By the middle of the year that number had increased to 15 with more to come. Some states in the US and Mexico also allow gay marriages to take place and some jurisdictions recognise same-sex marriages conducted elsewhere but do not perform them. While civil partnerships were introduced throughout the UK in 2004, England and Wales and Scotland look likely to be the next jurisdictions to allow same-sex marriage. The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2012-13 to 2013-14 regarding England and Wales is already in the House of Lords and the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill has just been introduced. Northern Ireland, by contrast, looks set to stick solely with civil partnerships (and will recognise the other jurisdictions same-sex marriages as such).”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th July 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Gay marriage set to enter law with first wedding ceremonies to take place by next summer – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2013 in bills, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

“Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage has completed its passage through the House of Commons, paving the way for the first gay weddings in England and Wales next summer.”

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The Independent, 16th July 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gay marriage: Peers approve legislation – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2013 in bills, homosexuality, marriage, news, parliament by sally

“Same-sex marriage in England and Wales is a step closer to becoming law after the House of Lords approved the change.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Confused bride exposes sham marriage plot after forgetting groom’s name – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2013 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing, visas by tracey

“A bogus couple whose sham marriage was scuppered after the bride could not remember the groom’s name have been jailed. Jayeola Abiola, 27, a Nigerian national, barely knew his would-be wife Vania Pinheiro-Fernandes, 29, from Portugal. They planned to walk down the aisle to the ballad The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – a choice Hull crown court heard was ‘rather apt.’ ”

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The Guardian, 11th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

“Jessica Craigs, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in June.”

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Family Law Week, 8th July 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Proposal to legalise outdoor weddings: Legislation ending need for licensed venue or religious ceremony is discussed by ministers – The Independent

Posted May 15th, 2013 in legislation, licensing, marriage, news, registrars by sally

“Outdoor weddings could become an option for thousands of couples, after the Government agreed to consider allowing groups, including humanists, to conduct legally-binding ceremonies in England and Wales.”

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The Independent, 14th May 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The ICLR Annual Lecture 2013

Posted April 8th, 2013 in lectures, marriage, news by sally

“Marriage from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century”

Some reflections on Hyde v Hyde and Woodmansee (1866) LR 1 P & D 130
By Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division

On Thursday 25th April 2013, 6pm

The Common Room of The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Tickets cost £5, Students free
To book your place visit www.iclr.co.uk/annual-lectures

Sham groom caught out after going straight to ‘lads only’ holiday – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2013 in conspiracy, fraud, marriage, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

“A man was jailed yesterday for his part in a sham marriage plot after he went on
a month-long ‘lads only’ holiday immediately after his supposed wedding.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th March 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk