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Indian woman arrested for dowry extortion

September 21, 2017 0 comments

marriage

A 37 year-old homeopath from the central Indian city of Hyderabad has been arrested on charges of filing a false dowry harassment claim against her husband. Dowry is the payment of goods or money by the bride’s family to the husband or his family. It is a traditional practice in India but has been illegal…

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Court rulings no longer needed for ‘end of life’ decisions

September 21, 2017 0 comments

family life

It may no longer be necessary for doctors and families to obtain court permission to withdraw life-preserving treatment from comatose patients following a precedent-setting Court of Protection ruling. The case in question concerned a woman referred to as ‘M’, who sadly, developed Huntington’s Disease, a serious and incurable genetic illness while still in her 20s….

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French court recognises brother and sister as parents

September 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

A brother and sister who had a romantic relationship before knowing they were related have both been legally recognised as the parents of their child. The couple had the same mother but were raised in separate foster homes in France’s north-eastern Aube region. They met and began a relationship in 2006 but broke up shortly…

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A quarter of teen girls say they’re depressed

September 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

Depression is more common amongst teenagers than previously suspected according to new research. A team at University College London analysed data relating to over 10,000 children, examining typical emotional issues across childhood. They found little difference between boys and girls up the age of 11 but then the sexes begin to divide. By the age…

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New Supreme Court Deputy President is Lord Mance

September 20, 2017 0 comments

Supreme Court

Lord Mance has been appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court, following the recent promotion of Baroness Hale to the Presidency. Jonathan Hugh Mance read law at Oxford before establishing himself as a successful commercial barrister. He then became a High Court Judge in in the Queen’s Bench Division and later a Lord Justice in…

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Ofsted calls for relationship education

September 20, 2017 7 comments

family life

Lessons in what constitutes healthy relationships should be a greater priority for schools, Ofsted has concluded. Working with the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Ofsted examines the damaging experiences of children who have suffered domestic abuse in a new report. Amongst other examples, it cites the disruption caused…

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20% drop in legal aid providers

September 20, 2017 20 comments

family law

The number of legal aid providers across England and Wales has fallen by 20 per cent in the last five years. This drop was revealed by government figures obtained by Shadow Justice Minister Gloria De Piero. The statistics show that the biggest reduction occurred in Wales, which has lost 29 per cent of providers since…

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