Access Law December news

Access Law December news

New legislation: The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019

The 2019 election has cancelled important draft legislation.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill  was to introduce ‘no-fault’ divorce to the UK.

The Domestic Abuse Bill has also been cancelled. The aim of this bill was to create a standard definition of domestic abuse and prevent alleged abusers cross examining their former partners in Court.

We will be monitoring the new Parliament to see when the bills are lodged again.

However, we are pleased one piece of legislation is going ahead. This is the ability for opposite sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. This was made law before Parliament ended and comes into force on 2nd December 2019.

If anyone wants to enter into a Civil Partnership the first time a ceremony can take place is 31st December 2019. This is so the appropriate notices are given.

It will be interesting to see how many people enter into these types of partnerships. Many people feel that marriage had ‘historical and cultural baggage’ It was seen as an ‘age old institution’ from the time of dowries where women were seen as property and chattel rather than an equal partner. Others, wanted the protection of a legal union but wanted a more “modern, symmetrical institution” that civil partnership provided.

FLOWS a new resource for domestic abuse cases.

Access Law are pleased to be involved with the new project which has launched officially. We are on the list of lawyers able to provide advice, usually under legal aid.

FLOWS, which stands for Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors, is a legal support service, designed to help protect women against domestic abuse. The website is at:

Christmas opening hours

Access Law will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve, 24th December, then will be closed until 30th December and 31st December when we have a small staff presence and are open for pre-booked appointments only then re-open on 2nd January 2020.

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