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Yearly Family Law Archives: 2018

Owens v Owens - the Supreme Court Judgment explained

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed Tini Owens' appeal in a case that has attacted much media attention, as it raises the question: can you be granted a divorce when you are just… Read More

Why it only makes sense for straight couples to get civil partnerships

Under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, only two people of the same sex can enter into a civil partnership. The ever changing and many alternative forms of family life that are recognised i… Read More

UK wrong to deny married transgender woman pension at 60, court rules

A woman was denied her pension at 60 and was told to wait until male pension age of 65, because she had not annulled her marriage. In a recent case of Read More

Supreme Court rules heterosexual couples should have right to civil partnerships

A couple's Supreme Court bid to prove that barring heterosexual couples from civil partnerships is unlawful discrimination has succeeded. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan won… Read More

Questions for the Equal Civil Partnerships campaign

In February a bill to create equal civil partnerships reached its second reading in the Hous… Read More

Scottish bill may stop children giving evidence in court

The Scottish government has developed Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, creating a rule that witnesses under the age of 18 will have their evidence pre-recorded in advance of the most… Read More

Courts overburdened due to rising number of children cases

An increase in the number of cases in both private law and public law children matters has "overburdened" the family courts, and left the legal system of child protection “in crisis… Read More