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Divorce law blog

Government consultation on same-sex marriage

27/09/2011   By:
Last week, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone announced that the Government will launch a consultation next spring on how to open up civil marriage (as opposed to civil partnership) to same-sex couples, with a view to making any legislative changes by the end of this Parliament (i.e. by 2015).

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Should there be a presumption of shared parenting after relationship breakdown?

09/06/2011   By: Jessica Craigs
This question is currently the subject of a Private Members Bill going through Parliament with its second reading on 17 June 2011. The Bill proposes that a court can make Shared Parenting Orders and goes further in creating a legal presumption that such Orders enhance the welfare of the child unless certain exceptions apply.

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New court forms - don’t get caught out!

19/04/2011   By: Caitlin Jenkins
People and solicitors who are involved in court proceedings in the family courts have to use new court forms as of 6 April 2011.

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Law Commission Consultation on pre-marital agreements is now closed

12/04/2011   By:
On 11 January 2011 the Law Commission published its consultation paper on Marital Property Agreements. The consultation invited comment from specialists and the general public on the proposed reform of the law relating to pre-marital agreements (or "pre-nups"). The deadline for comments closed on 11 April.

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Representing yourself at court

30/03/2011   By: Simon Bethel
Simon Bethel of Mills & Reeve provides a few pointers for those who want to represent themselves in court.

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Court of Appeal decision in Jones v. Jones promotes pre-nups

31/01/2011   By:
In Jones the Court of Appeal have done more for the promotion of pre-nuptial agreements.

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To pre-nup or not to pre-nup - that is the question...

11/01/2011   By:
Should a couple be able to make a firm agreement - before they get married or enter a civil partnership - about what should happen to their property if their relationship ends? Or should the law remain as it stands, that the courts decide if their agreement is enforceable?

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Family law myths

20/12/2010   By:
Meredith Thompson examines some common myths in family law, including the "quickie divorce", the common law wife and the age old assumption that the mother always gets the children.

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