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Ehud and the deadly serious Marriage Manifesto

Humour me a little, if you wouldn’t mind!I’ve been standing up for marriage, in a world that increasingly says marriage is no longer essential to family life, for nearly twenty years now. The beginnings of my vocation are absurd. A marriage in tatters and I didn’t even know it. But ever since our recovery to…

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Stay married longer, pay less tax. Good idea?

The evening debate had just finished when the Sunday Times social affairs editor walked up to me. “OK Harry, let’s see if you’d make a good journalist. Did you spot the story?” I had. Alas, so did the Times, Telegraph and Mail correspondents in the room, all of whom filed the story for their Saturday…

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New law on shared parenting is pure political grandstanding

(This article is also published today on the blog The Conservative Woman) Should you be unfortunate enough to come before the family courts from today onward, you’ll find yourself subject to the presumption of shared parenting. This comes under the Parental Involvement provision in Section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 which has…

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Common law marriage doesn’t exist . . . and never has

Common law marriage is a subject dear to my heart. I have a family friend who has been royally stuffed because of it. Let’s call her Jane and her partner John. Both Jane and John had been previously married before they met in the 1980s. They were both in their forties. Jane didn’t have children…

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Pre-nups – where “my money” trumps “our commitment”

The Law Commission is about to pronounce on pre-nups. Until recently, judges have been reluctant to enforce agreements made by couples whose circumstances when they divorce may be very different to their circumstances when they married. If, as expected, the Law Commission proposal is to give greater legal weight to pre-nups signed freely, then I’m…