Author: Alison Green

‘Bride price’ ruling may align UK legislation with sharia law

Solicitors are awaiting a family court ruling that could align an element of UK legislation with sharia law. The case, reported by the Guardian newspaper, concerns the UK’s position on ‘bride price’ payments and how they should be considered in financial settlements. Here’s what you need to know. What is ‘bride price’?

Experts highlight benefits of cohabitation agreements as marriage rates fall to “lowest on record”

Fewer opposite-sex couples married in 2018 than in any other year on record, a major study has revealed. Experts said the finding is unsurprising given the rise in popularity of cohabitation, but the lack of legal protection among cohabiting couples is concerning.

Four in 10 divorcing couples “not aware” of alternative dispute resolution, study reveals

Almost four in 10 separated couples say they were not aware of alternative dispute resolution at the time of their divorce, a major study has revealed. The finding forms part of new research delving into the experiences of 1,000 divorcees across the UK.

Who will pay the divorce petition fee in no-fault divorce?

A major thinktank has called on the Government to change the rules around who pays the divorce petition fee ahead of the introduction of no-fault divorce. The report, published by the Nuffield Foundation, raises concerns that the £550 fee could act as a barrier to divorce for separating couples. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act…
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American businessman could be sentenced to jail in absence after refusing to pay English divorce settlement

An American businessman could be sentenced to jail if he were to return to the UK after failing to pay maintenance payments to his former wife. The judgment comes after the High Court of England and Wales ruled in 2016 that property tycoon Preston Haskell should pay Alesia Vladimirovna £5.8 million as part of their…
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Charity calls on Child Maintenance Service to scrap “unfair” fees

A major charity has called on the Government to scrap “unfair child maintenance fees” following research suggesting that hundreds of millions of pounds are owed to children across the UK. Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families, said the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is “not only failing” children, but charging them too. Launched in 2012,…
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Government backs campaign to raise legal age of marriage to 18

The Government is set to raise the legal minimum age of marriage from 16 to 18, it has been confirmed.

Outdoor wedding and civil partnership ceremonies to be legalised in England and Wales for first time

Outdoor wedding and civil partnership ceremonies will be legalised in England and Wales for the first time, it has been announced. Under existing laws, such ceremonies must be held in an “approved room or permanent structure” of an “approved premises”, such as a hotel. But the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the new rules will…
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Police officer dismissed after breaching non-molestation order, reports reveal

A police officer has been dismissed from the force after repeatedly breaching a non-molestation order, reports have revealed.

Separating parents could receive legal aid regardless of income under new mediation scheme

Separating parents could be given “mediation vouchers” to help settle family disputes outside of court regardless of their income, it has been announced.