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Israeli rabbis seek to make Jewish divorce easier

March 6, 2015 0 comments

Jewish divorce, Israel

A group of Israeli rabbis has proposed a new prenuptial agreement. The agreement would make getting a religious divorce, called a ‘get’, easier by requiring those who refuse a divorce to pay substantial financial support to their partner until they consent. Religious organisation Tzohar was behind the proposed prenups. They said the agreements would discourage…

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A week in family law: Bundles, adoption and more By John Bolch

March 6, 2015 0 comments

family law

Here are the highlights of another busy week in family justice land. The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that surplus court documents will be destroyed without notice if lawyers cannot keep to practice directions on bundle sizes. Practice Direction 27A states that unless the court has directed otherwise, parties can…

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Teen wins right to speak in court care proceedings

March 6, 2015 0 comments

family law

A 14 year-old girl has won the right to speak on her own behalf in care proceedings relating to herself and her younger sister. In Re R (Children), social services became involved with the family amidst concerns about their living conditions and reports of domestic violence. Later, the father’s sister alleged that he had sexually…

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Judge orders diplomat to return children

March 6, 2015 0 comments

family law

A High Court judge has ordered that a diplomat return his children to their mother. In MA & Anor (Children : return : protective order), the parents involved had three children: a set of eight year-old twins and their younger sibling. The father had taken the twins out of the country, while the youngest child…

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Gay marriage legalised in Slovenia

March 6, 2015 0 comments

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The central European Republic of Slovenia has come the 11th EU member state to legalise gay marriage. Slovenia is a small nation of just 2.5 million people, bordering Italy and Austria on the Adriatic Sea. MPs approved a bill legalising both same sex marriage and adoption by same sex couples, doing so by a majority…

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Court orders must still be obeyed by John Bolch

March 5, 2015 0 comments

family law

Court orders in family proceedings essentially come in two flavours: the hors-d’oeuvre of interlocutory orders and the main course of final orders. Interlocutory orders are orders made in the course of the proceedings, usually setting out procedural matters such as what each party should do, and when, for example that they should each file a…

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Businessman says he cannot make maintenance payments

March 5, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

A prominent Malaysian businessman going through a high profile divorce has claimed he cannot pay court-ordered maintenance due to problems with his cash flow. Khoo Kay Peng, now in his mid-70s, is chairman of major investment group Malaysia United Industries, owner of a majority stake in retailer Laura Ashley. Reports suggest Mr Peng is one…

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Divorce, finances and the Internet

March 5, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

Has the Internet had an impact on the way divorces are handled? If so, I suspect that social media sites like Facebook have had the biggest effect. Numerous studies appear to back this up. They claim that Facebook is causing divorces and breakups, and while that may be true, the real danger when it comes…

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Children of divorce consume more sugary drinks

March 5, 2015 2 comments

children, obesity

Children whose parents have divorced consume more sugary drinks than those with married parents, a new study suggests. Researchers from San Francisco State University asked parents and children in married and divorced families to make diaries about the food and drink they consumed. They claimed that the reason for the discrepancy between the amount of…

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