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UK births rise in last decade

September 3, 2015 0 comments

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The number of babies born in the UK has steadily risen over the last decade but is still lower than it was 50 years ago. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the number of UK births fell from around 1,014,700 births in 1964 to 716,000 in 2004. Since then, however,…

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New survey on US Catholics changing attitude to sin

September 3, 2015 0 comments

Rosary

Many US Catholics don’t agree with the Catholic Church’s traditional attitudes towards sin, according to a new survey. Over 5,000 adults from across all 50 US States and the District of Columbia took part in a telephone poll conducted the Pew Research Center. The poll, which was conducted ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the…

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Migrant care leavers ‘left destitute’

September 3, 2015 0 comments

children in care

Migrant children who enter the UK unaccompanied are frequently left “destitute and in limbo” when they leave the care system, a charity has claimed. Many local authorities fail to fully assess the welfare requirements of children who enter the UK without parents or other relatives, the Children’s Society declares in a newly published report, breaching…

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Indian women want to ban verbal divorce

September 2, 2015 0 comments

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A vast majority of Muslim women living in India want to see the country’s religious divorce law changed. Currently, Muslim men are able to obtain a divorce by simply saying “talaq” – which translates as “I divorce you” – three times out loud. Such a right is not available to women, nor are they able…

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Inheritance and BBC Radio Tees

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September 2, 2015 1 comment

wills and probate

Earlier today I appeared on BBC Radio Tees to discuss the contentious issue of wills and inheritance with presenter Mike Parr. The interview was prompted by a rather shocking article in yesterday’s Telegraph. Headlined The Great Baby Boomer Inheritance Grab, journalist Joel Shute highlighted the ever growing number of people disputing the wills of deceased…

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Court of Appeal orders adoption retrial

September 2, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has set aside an adoption and ordered that the case be retried. In a recently published judgment, the Court dealt with the youngest of seven children. All six of her older siblings were also involved in care proceedings, launched before the girl, ‘T’, was born. Both of the girl’s parents had…

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Adoption waiting time falls sharply

September 2, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The time spent children in care spend waiting for adoption has fallen sharply, new figures reveal. The average time between entering the care system and being placed with a new family is now 533 days, the Adoption Leadership Board reports, down from 656 days in the year to 2013. The overall number of children in…

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Businessman does not own classic car collection

September 1, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

In the latest stage of a long running financial dispute between a wealthy businessman and his estranged wife, the High Court has declared that he is not the true owner of a classic car collection. The case, described by Judge Sir Peter Singer as “convoluted and complex”, centred around the husband’s claims that substantial assets…

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