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28 September 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
The divorce rate among opposite-sex couples in England and Wales is at its lowest since 1973, according to new research from the ONS. Only 8.4 per 1,000 married couples got a divorce in 2017, a decrease of 5.6% compared with 2016. The ONS publication, which was released yesterday, looks at a number of factors which can influence the divorce rate, such as: age of divorce duration of marriage opposite-sex v same-sex divorce rate reason for divorce Average age of divorce in England & Wales In 2017, the highest divorce rate for opposite-sex couples was among men between the…
29 August 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Supreme court judges ‘reluctantly’ upheld a previous family court ruling that Tini Owens, 69, was unable to divorce husband of 40 years, Hugh, who refuses to split. This particular case has highlighted the need to reform family law in the UK and introduce a 'no-fault' divorce.
12 July 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
The Supreme Court has recently ruled that the UK Government’s ban on civil partnerships for different-sex couples in England and Wales is discriminatory and in breach of human rights. 
29 June 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
A recent publication from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed which groups of women are most at risk of experiencing partner abuse. 
18 May 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
 The highly publicised contested-divorce case, Owens v Owens, has now been heard by the UK’s Supreme Court. 
19 April 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has given his opinion in a case concerning the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren. 
21 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
  All those eligible for a partial refund on their power of attorney fees can apply from 1 February 2018. The refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register lasting or enduring powers of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. During this period, the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) operating costs came down as more people applied to register a power of attorney and the process became more efficient, but the application fee charged was not reduced in line with this. The Ministry of Justice…
11 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Widespread belief in the myth of common law marriage is putting millions of cohabiting couples at risk of financial hardship if their relationship breaks down. The warning comes from the family law group, Resolution, after it commissioned a survey showing that most cohabitants don’t realise that they don’t have the same automatic rights as married couples. The survey revealed that: two-thirds of people in cohabiting relationships are unaware that there is no such as thing as ‘common-law marriage’ in this country four in five cohabitants agree that the legal rights of cohabiting couples who separate are unclear 79…

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