Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush both hold British citizenship. Last Thursday, they applied for the right to marry in the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory. But the couple were notified on Monday that their application had been rejected on the grounds that the Cayman Islands does not recognise same-sex marriage. Now they are set to launch a legal challenge against the Cayman Islands government. As a British overseas territory, the Cayman Islands has its own legislative assembly but ultimately falls under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. The British government’s various laws enshrining equality for gay and transgender people do not extend there, and protections for the LGBT+ community are minimal: there are no anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, the age of consent is higher, and there is no right to change legal gender, marry or adopt. The islands’ government only decriminalised homosexuality in 2000, and even then because the … [Read more...] about How the Cayman Islands’ refusal to recognise same-sex marriages could break up families
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Register for our free newsletter THERE have been so many celebrity break-ups in the past couple of weeks it’s hard to keep up. Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux have split up after just two years of marriage and rumours abound that Cheryl and Liam Payne are on the rocks. The saddest one of all though is that Claire Foy, who was faultless playing the Queen in The Crown, is to separate from her husband Stephen Campbell Moore. She recently revealed that fellow actor Stephen had to have life-saving surgery on a brain tumour, and that during filming for the second series of The Crown she was constantly worried about him. Then, just a few days ago, they announced their marriage had come to an end, and they had actually decided to split some months ago. It’s such a shame, because they have been through so much together since meeting on the set of the movie Season Of The Witch in 2011. They also have a two-year-old daughter Ivy Rose. It’s all very civilised … [Read more...] about Lorraine Kelly: It’s hard to keep up with the number of celebrity splits. I wonder if couples can learn a right royal lesson in relationships
FOODIES who prefer their chefs foul-mouthed and uncompromising are in for a treat with tonight’s episode of The One Show.That’s right, sweary superstar Gordon Ramsay is appearing on the sofa, and that’s not all – here’s what you need to know.Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay is one of the most recognisable, decorated and wealthy chefs in the world, and has built an enviable empire of restaurants since starting out under the tutelage of Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux.He boasts 12 bars and restaurants in London alone, including a swanky eatery in the Savoy Hotel and venues in Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Chelsea.In total, the 51-year-old has earned three Michelin stars in his glittering career, with his Chelsea eatery holding the maximum of three since 2001.His TV career began with fly-on-the-wall documentary Boiling Point in 1998, and has gone from strength to strength with shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and Kitchen … [Read more...] about Who’s on The One Show tonight? Gordon Ramsay appears on the sofa as Lucy Siegle reveals how to use less plastic
The average cost of a marital breakdown is £14,500 and counting, a new report has found. That's when you take into account legal fees, switching homes and child custody costs, Aviva's Family Finances report said. But it doesn't end there. Those who choose to buy a new property face an extra £144,600 on top - or £35,000 for the half of those that choose to move into rented accommodation. The report highlights how the cost of divorce has spiralled a further 17% since 2014 - when divorces in the UK cost, on average, £12,432. Today, the starting price is £14,561 - or £7,280 each - almost the same as a deposit for a home outside of the capital. The biggest drivers of the increase include legal fees, up by 109% from £1,280 to £2,679; redecorating a previously shared home, up by 73% from £1,370 to £2,369; and additional legal fees as part of a child custody battle, increasing by 62% from £3,500 to £5,671. Across the board, the … [Read more...] about Cost of divorce hits a record £14,500 – four big break-up myths debunked
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. In 2010, cross-cultural couples – or those involving a native Swede and a foreigner – made up nine percent of all married couples in Sweden. And according to a survey of expats in Sweden by Internations, more foreigners relocate to Sweden to be with their partner than for any other reason: 25 percent of those who responded said they moved to the country for love. This group faces unique challenges, from where to spend Christmas to which language to use with their children, while the partner who relocates must adjust to an entirely new culture, often leaving behind a job, family and friends. So what about the people who uproot their lives for a relationship which later ends? It's not an uncommon situation; the divorce rate among cross-cultural couples is significantly higher than that of both native couples and those where both partners come from the same foreign country, yet … [Read more...] about What happens when you move across the world for love, then break up?