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The Civil Partnerships Bill – equality for all couples?


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Equality within civil partnerships made the news in October 2018, following a Supreme Court defeat earlier this year, and now the he Civil Partnerships Bill has secured its third reading in the House of Commons without the need for a vote –


Cafcass publishes new assessment framework


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The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has been looking into ways to support children involved in private law cases and has recently come up with a new framework to support their work and help assess the effects that family law proceedings can have on children.


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Parliament looking into no fault divorce laws


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Divorce law came a step closer to its first reform in fifty years last month, after draft legislation was published asking Parliament to consider the idea of ‘no-fault divorce’

Experts realised that the current laws about divorce can lead to extra conflict and make break ups more painful than they need to be,


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Supreme Court decision on payment of extra rental costs


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The Supreme Court recently heard an appeal against an order made in the Court of Appeal, which had increased the amount of money paid as periodical payments to his ex-partner. 

The case, Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38  involved a couple who had divorced in 2002 following a 15 -year marriage.


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New Supreme Court judgment


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A recent judgement may open the door to civil partnership agreements being an option for people of opposite sexes.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court heard an appeal against different-sex couples being unable to legally enter into a civil partnership.


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Dobson – vs – Griffey and why you need a cohabitation agreement


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A recent court judgement has underlined just how important it is for unmarried couples who live together to put a cohabitation agreement in place covering their finances. What you think is ‘fair’ when it comes to property you own as a couple may not be supported by the law.


UK Surrogacy laws under review


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The number of children born via a surrogate is thought to be as much as 10 times higher than it was just a decade ago. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently chose to use a surrogate to carry their third child,


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Court of Appeal ruling may impact maintenance agreements


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A recent high-profile divorce ruling may have far reaching implications for future payments under maintenance agreements in divorce proceedings.

Waggott -vs Waggott, which has been called the ‘meal ticket for life’ case, reached the Court of Appeal recently,


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Grounds for divorce


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If you want to get divorced, legally you need to come up with a reason – this is called your ‘grounds’ for divorce. It’s important to think carefully about which reason applies to you and your partner before you start proceedings or talk to a family law solicitor who can give you advice if you’re not sure.


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Domestic Abuse – New Measures to Protect Victims


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New measures have been proposed to prevent domestic abuse and protect victims. A consultation has been launched by Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke, asking for views on what should be included in a brand new Domestic Abuse Bill,