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The inheritance tax burden and civil partnerships for cohabiting siblings: right idea, wrong approach?

October 22, 2018

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership director David Allison and associate Carla Ditz re-examine how and why civil partnerships came into being, the successful campaign to allow heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership and the proposals for ‘committed siblings’ to be able to form civil partnerships. Let’s turn back the clock. It’s

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Civil partnerships for all? The debate continues

February 28, 2018

‘Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.)’ Private Members Bill proceeds to next stage in Parliament On 2 February 2018, Tim Loughton’s Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill now proceeds through to the Committee stage where it will be scrutinised line by

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The recognition of same-sex marriages abroad

November 15, 2017

As of October 2017, same-sex marriage has been legalised in 25 countries across the world. The issue of same-sex unions has always been inherently controversial with political, religious and societal views often at odds with one another. But, more and more, equal rights and anti-discriminatory laws prevail and progressive societies worldwide have welcomed change. The

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Civil Partnerships vs. Marriage – the face of modern day relationships and why reform is needed

November 3, 2017

In this blog, associate Carla Ditz looks at the latest statistics on civil partnerships released by the Office for National Statistics and considers what this shows us about modern day relationships. New figures released by the ONS reveal that the number of same-sex couples entering into civil partnerships increased by 3.4% in 2016. This represents the

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Registering a UK Civil Partnership or Same Sex Marriage in an Overseas Consulate – an Elephant Trap!

August 29, 2017

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership director David Allison examines the care needed when registering a civil partnership or same sex marriage with an overseas consulate. When registering a UK same sex marriage or civil partnership in an overseas British consulate the parties are required to give notice to the relevant consulate in a specified format.

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Civil Partnership Registrations Halved Since Introduction of Same Sex Marriage

September 9, 2016

In this blog, director David Allison considers the future of civil partnerships. The latest ONS statistics report that civil partnerships have halved since the introduction of same sex marriage. This rather unsurprising statistic was published by the ONS in their recent bulletin (08/09/2016) “Civil Partnerships in England and Wales: 2015“. The impact of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples)

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Family Law in Partnership is 21 today!

September 1, 2016

Twenty one years ago The Times reported on a family law practice that opened for business in anticipation of the fundamental reforms of divorce law to be introduced by the Family Law Act 1996. As the new arrival, now known as Family Law in Partnership or FLiP, turns 21 today three of the founders and

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Civil Partnership & Same-Sex Marriage – Capacity and Recognition of Foreign Relationships

June 13, 2016

In this blog, director David Allison examines the capacity and recognition of foreign same sex marriages and civil partnerships under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Civil Partnership Act 2004 The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into effect on 5 December 2005. This Act applies to England & Wales, Scotland

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