UK wrong to deny residency rights in test case, EU’s legal adviser says – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2017 in citizenship, EC law, immigration, married persons, news by sally

‘The Home Office was wrong to deny the Algerian husband of a dual British-Spanish citizen the right to live with her in the UK, according to the initial opinion of the European court of justice’s advocate general in a test case.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2017

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Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2017 in care homes, cohabitation, elderly, judges, married persons, news, social services by sally

‘Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2017

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Can President Assad’s wife be deprived of her British citizenship on public good grounds? – Free Movement

Posted April 18th, 2017 in citizenship, married persons, news, public interest, women by sally

‘Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Tom Brake says that she has supported President Assad’s regime and therefore should be stripped of her British citizenship. It is not said she has personally been involved in any war crimes or similar or to have sanctioned such atrocities. Mr Brake seems to consider that holding and expressing a political opinion — an awful one, let us be clear — is sufficient to justify depriving a person of their citizenship.’

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Free Movement, 17th April 2017

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Turley v Wandsworth LBC (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening) – Arden Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal has held that the difference in the residence requirements for statutory succession to secure tenancies between married couples (or civil partners) and unmarried couples living together as man and wife (or as civil partners) under the former s.87, Housing Act 1985, was not a breach of Art.14, European Convention of Human Rights, read with Art.8.’

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Arden Chambers, 24th March 2017

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Sheffield CC v Oliver – Arden Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal has held that the words “costs … incurred” in the service charge provisions in a right to buy lease were to be given a natural and not a special meaning; accordingly, the Upper Tribunal had been wrong to hold that such costs were reduced by third-party energy-saving funding received by the landlord from an energy provider in relation to a major works programme; but the Court was required to determine for itself the “fair proportion” of the costs to which the leaseholder was required to contribute, and a deduction was to be made in relation to part of the funding received which was attributable to the leaseholder’s flat.’

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Arden Chambers, 4th April 2017

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Gay man takes fight for equal pension rights for his husband to Supreme Court – Daily Telegraph

‘A gay man fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy if he was in a heterosexual relationship takes his case to the UK’s highest court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2017

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The Round Up: Couples in the Courts – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 28th, 2017 in appeals, families, immigration, married persons, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Immigration law featured heavily in courts in the past week, with judgments in two cases handed down by the justices.’

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UK human Rights Blog, 27th February 2017

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Thank you, Lady Hale, for shifting the supreme court’s view on marriage – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in appeals, cohabitation, married persons, news, pensions, women by sally

‘Protecting the financial rights of unmarried parents will matter not just to women but to the one in three children born to parents who aren’t married.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2017

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Army brigadier becomes most senior officer to appear at court martial in 65 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2017 in armed forces, benefits, courts martial, education, families, married persons, news by tracey

‘An Army brigadier has become the most senior officer to appear before a court martial in 65 years as he admitted breaking rules when he claimed money for his sons’ school fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2017

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Why you can’t legally commit adultery if you have a gay or lesbian affair – The Independent

Posted January 20th, 2017 in homosexuality, married persons, news by sally

‘If you cheat on your partner with someone of the same sex, it’s not considered adultery – even if you’re in a same-sex marriage.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2017

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Sanctity of life v personal autonomy: Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 4th, 2017 in consent, Court of Protection, married persons, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Briggs v Briggs & Ors [2016] EWCOP 53 (20 December 2016). Apologies for starting the new year on such a sombre note, but there is a shaft of light in that this Court of Protection judgement is a clear indication that judges – or some of them – are prepared to favour an individual’s autonomy over the traditional emphasis on the sanctity of life above all else.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd January 2017

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Husband ordered to leave home over wife mistreatment claims – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2016 in appeals, domestic violence, married persons, news by sally

A 67-year-old millionaire has been ordered by a judge to leave his home after his wife said she had been used as “an emotional punch bag”.

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BBC News, 5th December 2016

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Modern divorce: the new rules of splitting up – The Guardian

‘The end of the summer holidays is a peak period for breakups. But now couples are looking for fast and amicable ways to avoid being mired in the blame game, will the law finally catch up?’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2016

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The British women who couldn’t hire a sofa without their husbands’ signature – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2016 in consumer credit, married persons, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘-When the first British credit card launched 50 years ago it was mostly used by men
-In the 1960s and 1970s, women were viewed as a riskier investment by banks and stores
-Women had to get their father or husband to sign for most loans even if they earned more than them.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2016

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Saudi prince wins High Court battle against £20m payout to late king’s ‘secret wife’ – The Independent

Posted June 17th, 2016 in appeals, barristers, bias, judiciary, married persons, news, Saudi Arabia by tracey

‘The son of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won an appeal against a multi-million-pound award handed to his father’s “secret wife”. Palestinian-born Janan Harb, won a package of cash and property worth more than £20m last November. Judge Peter Smith, sitting at London’s High Court, accepted her assertions that Prince Abdul Aziz, had agreed to the huge payout. But lawyers for the prince later asked Court of Appeal judges to quash the “unsustainable” award.’

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The Independent, 16th June 2017

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Court rejects request by same-sex Indian couple to remain in UK – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2016 in homosexuality, immigration, India, married persons, news by tracey

‘A married lesbian couple from India who have lived legally in the UK for many years have had their request to continue living in Britain rejected despite the fact their relationship will not be legally recognised in the south Asian country.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

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The Family Justice Council Guide to Sorting Out Finances on Divorce – Family Law Week

‘Stuart Clark, Associate Solicitor at The International Family Law Group LLP, reviews the newly published guide for LiPs dealing with their financial matters after divorce or civil partnership dissolution.’

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Family Law Week, 14th April 2016

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Sorting Out Finances on Divorce – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 8th, 2016 in civil partnerships, divorce, financial provision, married persons, news by tracey

‘This guide provides information for separating couples who are negotiating their own financial agreements on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. It provides a succinct summary of the law to help those who do not have access to legal advice to reach financial agreements without the need to go to court.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 5th April 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Married couple found guilty of sexually assaulting 13-month-old baby they were babysitting – The Independent

‘A married couple have been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-month old baby.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2016

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Grandmother who lived with partner until his death wins High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home – Independent

‘A grandmother who lived with her partner for almost two decades until his death has won a High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home.’

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Independent, 16 February 2016

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