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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...

No such thing as common law marriage

Phoebe Trott
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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are the first unmarried couple to live at No.10 Downing Street. However, this does not come as a surprise as there is a steady increase in the number of cohabiting couples in the UK. According to a recent study conducted by...

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...

What happens to my money if my child's relationship fails?

Philip Hoddell
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Getting on the housing ladder has never been more difficult for young couples. It is often the “bank of mum and dad” that steps in to help buy that first property.  But with more and more couples choosing to live together rather than getting...

What are my rights in a common law marriage?

Philip Hoddell
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The number of marriages is increasing with the population, but an ever larger number of couples is choosing to cohabit instead.     A recent survey though showed that a significant number of cohabiting couples still thought that they were...

How can collaborative law be used to help same sex couples separate?

Francesca Cozens
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Collaborative law offers same sex couples a chance to come to a mutual agreement about their separation.  In the collaborative law process, a couple instructs a solicitor each, but instead of negotiating with each other via letters, on the phone or in...

Cohabiting couples - is the LGBT community at higher risk?

Francesca Cozens
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Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family model in the UK. Cohabitation remains the most popular family model for same sex couples in the UK. If you have or are thinking of moving in with your partner what do you need to know? Are we common law...

Farming and cohabitation

Katie Gibson-Green
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Cohabitees do not have the same rights as married couples in life or on death, and this is a concept that is largely overlooked when people live together as ‘husband and wife’ but do not enter into a legal arrangement. There have been two...

Should you consider a cohabitation agreement?

Philip Hoddell
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There has been a significant increase in the number of people choosing to cohabit without marrying. Unfortunately cohabiting couples do not benefit from the same legal rights as married couples if their relationship breaks down - whether it was a long term...

Why is a cohabitation agreement a must for couples who live together?

Lisa Collins
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In a recent decision by the First Tier Tribunal’s Property Chamber, a man has been awarded a half interest in a property that was held by his former partner, in her sole name.  The half interest was awarded because, when the property was...

Common law marriage myth

Melanie Loxley
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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) published statistics in November which show that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type and also the second most common family type, accounting for 3.3 million families in the UK. This is worrying when...

New Single Family Court

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Today welcomes the new Single Family Court.  Gone is the Family Proceedings Court and the fragmented family court system we have been using to date.  The aim of centralising and unifying administration is to be welcomed and will hopefully result in...

The Rights of Cohabitees

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Currently, in England and Wales, when a cohabiting couple break up they have very few claims against each other, regardless of the length of their relationship or the individual contributions made towards the relationship. The law in Scotland is different....

You can have common intentions as cohabitees - provided the court agrees with you

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This ever changing area of law has thrown up yet another controversial decision from the High Court. The facts of Aspden v Elvy are quite complicated, mainly because a different version of events is put forward by each party, below is a brief summary of the...

The Leap Year: is romance in the air?

Lisa Collins
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In England and Wales, tradition dictates that women can propose marriage in a leap year, a romantic gesture which is made by hundreds of women every four years. The latest marriage figures suggest that romance is on the rise with the number of couples...

The common intention you might not have known you had

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I, along with most family lawyers up and down the country, spent yesterday morning awaiting the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Kernott v Jones. Leonard Kernott and Patricia Jones were an unmarried couple who met in 1980 and bought their first...

What if one of us dies?

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Geoffrey Boycott is facing difficulties following the death of his “friend and confidante”, Anne Wyatt. They purchased a house together in the millionaires’ resort of Sandbanks, Dorset in 1996. They purchased the property as “Joint...

No reform of the law for couples who live together rather than marrying

Philip Hoddell
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Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has decided not to go ahead with a reform of the law relating to couples who live together rather than marrying. Four years ago the Law Commission recommended a change to protect couples who had become “economically...

Bert and Ernie - Forever Friends?

Lisa Collins
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It’s been a few years since I last tuned in to watch the popular children’s television programme, Sesame Street, although after hearing the news last week I am curious as to what I may be missing! An online petition has been started to have Bert...

Family breakdown at record levels!

Lisa Collins
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The Centre for Social Justice, a leading independent think tank, has reported that Britain’s levels of births outside marriage are at the highest point for over 200 years. In addition, there are now an increasing number of couples choosing to live...