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Family Law- Family Law Principle Essay
Only non-blood relationship given legal recognition is marriage
As society expanded, law has slowly expanded to recognise other family form
Hyde v Hyde- Lord Penzance: as understood in Christendom, may be defined as the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others
└ Deech: not one word of this remains true in British marriage law
 Civil & Religious Marriage- Christian and other religion
 Forced Marriage
 Divorce
 Same sex marriage
Discriminatory- Different in rights?
 Same sex- Partnership/ Marriage
 Heterosexual- Marriage only
Civil Partnership: Legally allow union of same sex marriage, similar rights entitled
└Claim only difference in name
Marriage previously S11(c) MCA 1973 must be between man and woman
Marriage is legally binding, recognised, and governed relationship for non-related adults with protected rights
(brings responsibilities) → Marriage is the only way to get
└Only type: Religious factor, to promote such institution by special privileges, enhance society, protect children (how about children outside marriage?)
Deech: Ultimate commitment with crux of generational support- ceremonial aspect adds seriousness and public recognition to the institution
 No inheritance tax
 Benefit from spouse's pension
 Superior claim under inheritance under Inheritance Act 1975
 Occupation rights and subject to claim property of relationship breaks down
 Use of surname
 Defence of martial coercion for wives on offence other than treason and murder
 Immune from be charged with conspiracy with each other
 Compelled to give evidence for the prosecution in certain limited circumstances (immune in others)
No duty to have sexual intercourse but have consequences ie. Incapacity/ wilful refusal for annulment
Civil Partnership could not use adultery as evidence for divorce
Stephen Cretney: From odious crime to gay marriage

Come to the point of equality
Society not always intolerant towards homosexuality: Local Government Act 1988 take position defending and promoting traditional family values
Previously, buggery punishable by death- decriminalised in 2001
Marriage necessary as not sufficient to simply be tolerated, must be accepted
Gender Recognition Act 2004 & Civil Recognition Act 2004
 In fact, same sex couples have been slowly gaining rights in different aspects of family life thought the years
Civil Partnership Act 2004- Path to equality?
 Allow same sex couple to register their relationship legally and conferred marriage-like rights and duties
 only for same sex- Rebecca & Charles Keidan (2016) lose in claim to heterosexual civil partnership
 almost identical to the form of marriage- practically same as Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
 dissolving civil partnership almost identical to dissolve marriage
 Financial consequences upon dissolution identical

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