Over the years, I’ve encountered many couples in a relationship spanning 20 years or more, often with children together, who have never married nor have any intention of doing so. When challenged as to reasons for not marrying, there’s rarely expressed any aversion to marriage in principle. It’s just, “We’re happy as we are; we don’t need a piece of paper to prove the strength of our relationship”.
“Divorced Women missing out on Pensions Wealth” - so shouted the headline in the Daily Telegraph on the 7th January 2019, a date coincidentally dubbed “Divorce Day” by the media, so clever positioning by the Royal London to whose Director of Policy, Sir Steve Webb (the former Lib Dem MP and Minister of State for Pensions in the coalition government of David Cameron) the headline belongs.
As the world woke groggily from their festive slumber and thought tentatively about returning to work on Thursday 3rd January, an important and transformative step was being taken as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 (the “Remedial Order”) was finally brought into force permitting single applicants to apply for Parental Orders in respect of their biological children born through surrogacy.
No one, anywhere, has any idea which direction the property market is going to go in 2019 but if you ask Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, his worst case scenario is that a post Brexit UK, with no deal, it could see prices fall by 35% over three years.