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Pride 2020 - Planning for later life

David Feakins
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I am extremely proud to be working at a firm that supports Pride and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. With everything that is going on in the world at the moment, I am sure that Digital Pride will be a welcome celebration in these uncertain...

Essex Digital Pride - LGBTQ+ friendly laws

Leah Woodnott
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As many of you will know, Essex Pride this year is being hosted online, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. During this unusual time, I think it is important to reflect on the laws that have come into force to provide equality to LGBTQ+ families. The Gender...

Who is entitled to what on separation?

Melanie Loxley
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Test your knowledge Lynn and Paul have been in a relationship for 30 years. They lived together over that time in a property owned in Paul’s sole name, which he bought a year before they met. They have two children together, who are now aged 27 and 25...

Civil partnerships for all?

Philip Hoddell
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Earlier in the year, the Supreme Court ruled that English law was incompatible with European legislation in that it allowed same sex couples to enter into a civil partnership or get married, whereas mixed sex couples were confined to just the option of...

It still matters where the money came from

Philip Hoddell
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There has been a growing trend for spouses to claim that the origins of family wealth are unimportant and that any increase in assets which correlates with the time of the marriage should, without exception, be shared equally. Now the High Court has...

The end of civil partnerships?

Philip Hoddell
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Recently I commented on how the Civil Partnership Act 2004 discriminated against same sex couples but that after the long overdue introduction of same sex marriage in 2014, the current situation now discriminates against opposite sex couples. Now the...

Marriage or civil partnership?

Philip Hoddell
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Section 1 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 is only seven words long, but it represents a milestone in the way in which same sex couples are treated by the law: “Marriage of same sex couples is lawful” reads the section. The act was...

Should heterosexual people be forced to marry?

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Recently, a couple attended at a register office in Chelsea to give notice of their intention to legally formalise their relationship by entering into a civil partnership. The problem: they are an opposite-sex couple and, under the Civil Partnership Act...

Teething problems with same-sex marriage start to emerge

Lisa Collins
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It has been a while since my last blog ( read here ) but in it I raised the question, what would happen to civil partnerships now same-sex marriage was to become legal? There is still no clear answer but I suspect the issue is one currently at the forefront...

Same Sex Marriage - legal at last!

Lisa Collins
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On Wednesday, the long awaited Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was granted royal assent making same sex marriage legal. The Bill is now in the process of becoming the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act and the first ceremonies are expected to take place before...

Civil partnership - will I be treated in the same way as a married couple on dissolution?

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We finally had the first substantial decision about how to divide civil partners’ assets following dissolution on 29 March. The Court of Appeal said that the fact the case deals with the dissolution of a civil partnership rather than a divorce is of...