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Unrelated adult can sue for custody, court rules

August 31, 2016 0 comments

family law

Adults who are neither related to children nor their adoptive parents can apply for the right to visit them or take on their care, a US court has ruled. The case concerned a female same sex couple from Chautauqua County in New York state. They began their relationship in 2006 and it quickly became serious….

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Property rumours fuel divorce in Shanghai

August 31, 2016 0 comments

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Registration offices in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai struggled with a surge of divorce applications this week following a rumour that buying a house may become more expensive. Residents of the city, in the far east of China, have been alarmed by claims that under planned new rules they will need to put up a…

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Give pregnant women greater job protection say MPs

August 31, 2016 3 comments

family life

There has been a sharp in illegal discrimination against pregnant women, MPs have claimed. The parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee says the number of female employees forced out of their jobs after falling pregnant or becoming mothers has nearly doubled since 2005, to 54,000. In a poll conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and…

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The importance of counselling during divorce

August 31, 2016 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Divorce can take a serious toll on people’s mental and physical health. In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses why it is important to seek professional help. Some clients refuse to see a doctor or counsellor. “I will get through…

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London borough praised for work with care leavers

August 30, 2016 0 comments

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The London Borough of Ealing has been hailed by Ofsted for its work with care leavers. Following an inspection of its children’s services department, Ofsted awarded the West London authority a ‘good’ rating. The inspectorate singled out its work with young people who have left the care system for particular praise. Social workers stay in…

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Court refuses return of three year-old to mother

August 30, 2016 0 comments

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A three year-old girl should not be sent back to New York to live with her mother, the High Court has ruled. The toddler was born in March 2013, following a brief but “intense” affair when her French father visited New York on a business trip. The parents had first met some years previously when…

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Temporary removal to a non-Convention country

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August 30, 2016 1 comment

Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

It is the nightmare scenario for a parent: the other parent wishes to take the children to a country that is not a member of the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, and you fear that you may not be able to secure their return.  With more and more families having an international dimension these days,…

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Divorced people more likely to suffer second heart attack

August 30, 2016 0 comments

family law

Men and women who have suffered heart attacks are much more likely to fall victim to a second if they divorce, a new medical study suggests. Researchers at the Karolinska University Hospital and Institute in Stockholm examined data relating to 30,000 heart attack victims across a four year period. All had been discharged from hospital…

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New guidance on changing names

August 30, 2016 0 comments

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The government has issued new guidance on the process for changing names on official documents. While the majority of people apply to change their names for legitimate reasons such as getting married, the guidance notes, applications can also in some instances be linked to crime and fraud. Therefore: “The policy is focussed on achieving two…

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