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Family Law Archive - February 2017

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Heterosexual couple lose Court of Appeal battle to enter into civil partnership

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have lost their Court of Appeal battle to enter into a Civil Partnership. The couple took their case to the Court of Appeal following their High Court defeat last year, which met with widespread media coverage. They challenged the High Court judgment which ruled that they could not have a civil partnership... Read More

Supreme Court grants survivors’ pension to unmarried cohabitee

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed an appeal by Ms Denise Brewster. The decision has been applauded as a positive step forward for cohabitating partners, as the effect of the judgment awarded a survivors’ pension scheme to an unmarried cohabitee. The decision brings the Northern Ireland public pension schemes in line with England, Wales... Read More

Court of Appeal rejects husband’s challenge to the validity of his Syrian marriage

The Court of Appeal has refused a university professor’s appeal to disprove the validity of his 16-year marriage. The case was first heard in May 2015 at the Oxford Family Court by HHJ Tolson QC after a documentary discrepancy was discovered during divorce proceedings. Lord Justice McFarlane defended the original judge’s application... Read More

Leader of Australia's populist One Nation party calls for compulsory prenups

In what has been described as her 'blue-print for Australia' Pauline Hanson, the founder and leader of the nationalist, right-wing party One Nation, has claimed that her party would introduce mandatory prenuptial agreements. Ms Hanson told NewsCorp that the Australian court system is "overloaded", and called for family law reform: “Family law is... Read More
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