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bereavement benefit

bereavement benefit  

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A benefit payable to widows, widowers, and (since December 2005) civil partners (see civil partnership), subject to conditions set out in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999. It consists of a ...
cohabitants

cohabitants  

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Pl. n.Unmarried sexual partners who are living in a long-term stable relationship. English law, unlike that of some other jurisdictions, provides no coherent approach towards cohabitation and, unless ...
cohabitation

cohabitation  

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Living together under one roof in a marital, de facto marital, or marriage-like relationship in the absence of a formal marriage, whether the partners are heterosexual or homosexual. See also ...
co-ownership

co-ownership  

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Property may be owned by a single legal person or in one of two forms of co-ownership: joint tenancy or tenancy in common. ‘Tenancy’ here reflects historic terminology from the ...
death in the family, legal consequences

death in the family, legal consequences  

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Once a death certificate has been issued the recipient can arrange burial or cremation. Normally only spouses, civil partners, or other relatives can deal with the body of the deceased. ...
dissolution

dissolution  

The ending of a business entity, for example the breaking up of a partnership on the death of one of the partners. In the case of a registered company this may be achieved on the completion of a ...
divorce

divorce  

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The legal termination of a marriage and the obligations created by marriage, other than by a decree of nullity or presumption of death.
family finances

family finances  

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The obligations arising from a marriage are mutual, both parties owe each other the same duties, but as it is usually the wife who is economically the weaker party the discussion below assumes this ...
fiduciary

fiduciary  

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[from Latin: fiducia, trust]1 n. A person, such as a trustee, who holds a position of trust or confidence with respect to someone else and who is therefore obliged to act solely for that person's ...
lesbian

lesbian  

A homosexual woman. lesbianism n. The practice of being a lesbian, also called sapphism. [From the name of the Greek island of Lesbos, home of the lyric poet Sappho, believed to have been a lesbian]
matrimonial home

matrimonial home  

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The home in which a husband and wife have lived together. When only one of the spouses owns the matrimonial home the Family Law Act 1996 gives the nonowner certain home rights, which may be enforced ...
parental responsibility

parental responsibility  

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The legal status that, by virtue of the Children Act 1989, requires adults to act in the interests of a child’s welfare. A birth mother will always have parental responsibility unless it is removed ...
property, family

property, family  

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Unlike many continental jurisdictions where community of property regimes operate to determine the control of property held during marriage, the division of assets at the end of marriage and the ...
reasonable financial provision

reasonable financial provision  

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The financial provision that the dependants of a deceased person can reasonably expect to receive from his estate. If the deceased's will does not make such provision, or he dies intestate and the ...
same-sex relationships

same-sex relationships  

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Homosexual relationships (cf heterosexual). Discrimination against same-sex couples and their children with respect to superannuation, taxation, Medicare, social security (Centrelink), aged care, ...
slippery slope

slippery slope  

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One is standing on a slippery slope when arguments one has accepted against a position appear to apply equally to one's own position, forcing one, perhaps little by little, into a conclusion one has ...
spouse

spouse  

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N.A person's lawfully married husband or wife. From 5 December 2005 the word includes, for taxation purposes, a civil partner who has been through the registration process for a same-sex civil ...

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