18 Oct, 2018

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Campaigning for U.K. transgender law reform

The government consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act closes on Friday at 11pm. If you haven’t responded already, please do. Stonewall have produced some very helpful guidance and it takes

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04 Oct, 2018

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Civil partnership for different-sex couples: a win for equality or a store of future problems?

Theresa May announced at the Conservative Party conference this week that the government plans to open civil partnership to different-sex couples. It is not a big surprise. The government has

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31 Jul, 2018

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Do I need my ex’s permission to go on holiday with our child?

As the school holidays approach, issues about taking children abroad on holiday can often cause tension and anxiety between separated parents, which can spoil precious time together. If you want

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30 Jul, 2018

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I am separating from my partner. Will I have to go to court to resolve things for the children? What are the other options?

Separating is always tough, particularly where there are children involved. You will need to work through who the children will live with and what time they will spend with the

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28 Jul, 2018

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Single parent surrogacy reform goes back to Parliament

The draft remedial order which will change the law to allow single parents through surrogacy to apply for parental orders has gone back to Parliament for a second time.  It

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27 Jul, 2018

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Supreme Court rules that excluding different-sex couples from civil partnership is human rights discrimination– what next?

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights because it only allows same-sex couples to enter into

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26 Jul, 2018

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Is maintenance for life on divorce an outdated concept? The case of Mills v Mills

Divorce cases can sometimes seem to the outsider to lack common sense but the recent case of Mills v Mills might be a case where the decision of the Supreme

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25 Jul, 2018

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Unreasonable behaviour as a ground for divorce and the case of Owens v Owens

It is rare as lawyers that we wait with bated breath for a Judgment but it was mouths agog in our office this morning when the judgment on this widely

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22 Jun, 2018

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Celebrating 15 years of the Hague Adoption Convention in the UK

On 1 June 2003, the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993 Hague Convention) came into force in the UK. The purpose of

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21 Jun, 2018

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Should transgender parents be free to choose how they are recorded on their children’s birth certificates? The UK High Court is asked to decide

A transgender man who has given birth in the UK, has taken an important case to challenge UK law, arguing that the requirement for him to register as his baby’s

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