Proposed changes in the law to end the ‘blame game’ when a marriage comes to an end have recently been announced by the Justice Secretary marking a huge overhaul of the current law, which is close to 50 years old.
PM announces that new laws are to be made bringing rights to those heterosexual couples not wishing to marry to obtain legal recognition of their commitment to one another by way of a civil partnership.
Whether the law still remains fit for purpose 10 years on is something the Law Commission is currently considering as part of a wholescale review of surrogacy law. Whilst most surrogacy arrangements are successful, there remains the occasional case when it can go wrong.
Associate Partner, Nicola Wilburn Shaw has been featured in the Manchester Evening News following the start of new BBC drama, The Split featuring divorce lawyers, courtroom battles and big money settlements.
With headlines such as “Liam Payne calls in divorce lawyers to advise how to protect his £54m from Cheryl and still have access to his son…”, it is not surprising that there remains confusion about unmarried couples’ rights. So what is the position when a couple who are not married separate? Is there such a thing as “common law marriage”?
As Tom Daley has discovered, UK law is a minefield and not supportive of commercial arrangements; the same cannot be said for his husband’s homeland, the USA, where in many states commercial surrogacy is legal.