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3. Void, Voidable, and Non-Marriages  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam and assignment questions. Each book includes key debates, typical questions, diagram answer plans, suggested answers, author commentary, and tips to gain extra marks. This chapter focuses on nullity and void, voidable, and non-marriages. The first question requires students to analyse the difference between void and voidable marriages, the grounds for which are contained in ss 11 and 12 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The second is an essay question that considers the concept of non-marriage or non-existent marriage, which is regulated by case law. The third question is a problem question that examines void and voidable marriages and covers issues such as bigamy, prohibited degrees of relationship, gender recognition, and lack of consummation. The final question asks candidates whether the concept of voidable marriage should be abolished.

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Cover Hayes & Williams' Family Law

2. The dissolution of adult relationships  

This chapter addresses the termination of adult relationships, in particular divorce, but also the dissolution of civil partnerships, and the termination of cohabitation. Beginning with a discussion of the history of law on divorce and recent divorce statistics, it goes on to cover the law of divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act (MCA) 1973, criticisms of the current law and recent reform initiatives. It then considers other decrees under MCA 1973, dissolution of a civil partnership, and termination of unmarried relationships.

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9. Financial Remedies: Principles and Assessment  

N V Lowe, G Douglas, E Hitchings, and R Taylor

Most of the legislation governing the financial arrangements on the ending of a marriage dates back over 40 years, when attitudes and economic and social factors affecting marriage were very different. This chapter examines courts’ attempts to keep the law in step with societal changes through case law. It considers the statutory criteria; the principles developed from case law; the current approach of the courts; private ordering between the parties; and how the orders made by the courts are altered in the light of subsequent events. It concludes by discussing proposals for reform.

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6. Financial Support for Children  

It is undeniable that anyone who is legally classified as a parent has an obligation to maintain their child. This chapter considers three areas of financial support for children: child maintenance as a percentage of gross weekly income of the non-resident parent, the financial outcomes of divorce as guided by the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 or the Civil Partnership Act 2004, and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. The chapter starts with a brief history of financial support for children in the UK.

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4. Divorce, Dissolution, and (Judicial) Separation  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam and assignment questions. Each book includes key debates, typical questions, diagram answer plans, suggested answers, author commentary, and tips to gain extra marks. This chapter deals with divorce, dissolution, separation orders, and judicial separation, and contains a mixture of essay and problem questions. The first question is an essay question that focuses on the reform of the divorce law. The second question is problem question that requires the application of the law of divorce contained in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (original and amended versions), judicial separation and the equivalent provisions of the Civil Partnership Act 2004. The third question is an essay question that focuses on the use of mediation in divorce proceedings.

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7. Financial Remedies and Child Support  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam and assignment questions. Each book includes key debates, typical questions, diagram answer plans, suggested answers, author commentary, and tips to gain extra marks. This chapter deals with financial remedies during divorce, nullity and judicial separation proceedings, and child support. The first question is a problem question that requires discussion of financial support during marriage, financial orders on divorce and the factors contained in s. 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The second problem question focuses on financial orders on divorce and variation and appeal of financial orders. The third question is an essay question on the development of the law relating to pre-nuptial and post-nuptial contracts, whilst the final essay question focuses on child support, which is primarily regulated by the Child Support Act 1991.

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6. Financial support for children  

This chapter discusses the law governing child support. Child support is regulated by one or more of several statutes depending on the circumstances: the Child Support Act 1991 (CSA 1991), as amended; Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989; the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973; and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. The applicability of the CSA 1991 in a particular case can limit to some extent the use of the other statutes mentioned.

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1. The formation of adult relationships  

This chapter examines the law surrounding the formation of the formal relationships of marriage and civil partnership, including the law on nullity. It also explores, by way of contrast, non-formal cohabiting relationships. Topics discussed include void and voidable marriages, sham marriages, forced marriages; the development of gay and lesbian rights; the road to same-sex marriage and the extension of civil partnership to opposite-sex couples; and the legal consequences of marriage.

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Cover Bromley's Family Law

6. Divorce and Dissolution  

N V Lowe, G Douglas, E Hitchings, and R Taylor

This chapter first provides an overview of the historical development of the divorce law in England and Wales and an outline of the law as it was before the new reforms contained within the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 came into effect. It then discusses the path to reform, before ending the chapter with a consideration of the new divorce law and dissolution of civil partnership and judicial separation.