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Divorce granted in Dubai following ‘possession’

October 20, 2014 0 comments

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A Sharia Court in Dubai has granted a divorce to a man after she repeatedly refused to sleep with him and her family claimed she had been possessed a ‘djinn’. Djinns, or genies, are supernatural beings in Islamic tradition, mentioned frequently in the Quran. When the husband could withstand her rebuttals no more he discussed…

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Ban on child marriages sought in Zimbabwe

October 19, 2014 2 comments

marriage law

Two victims of child marriage in Zimbabwe have taken the Government to court challenging the constitutionality of the country’s marriage laws. The women, from Glen View in Harare, claim the laws discriminate against girls by allowing marriage below the age of 18, citing a number of reports and legal instruments in support of their case….

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Businessman told to pay ex-partner £28,500

October 18, 2014 3 comments

cohabiting couples

A successful insurance agent must pay his former partner £28,500, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. David Southwell set up home with partner Catherine Blackburn in 2000, buying a house in Droitwich, Worcestershire in his own name and paying the mortgage for this. But when the relationship ended “acrimoniously” in 2012, his now ex-partner and…

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Damning verdict on elderly care

October 17, 2014 0 comments

care

In a scathing report issued this week, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) criticises the state of safety, leadership, effectiveness and services in care for the elderly across England and Wales. The report cites wide variations in the quality of adult social care services, hospitals, mental health institutions and community health services, describing the quality of care…

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Trader ordered to pay security pending divorce appeal

October 17, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

Oil trader Michael Prest has been ordered to pay £20,000 in security against his wife’s costs in a pending appeal. The businessman had appealed an order issued in July committing him to prison for failing to pay court-ordered maintenance to ex-wife Yasmin. The order was suspended until 28 October, on condition that the arrears be…

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Half of all babies born to mothers over 30

October 17, 2014 0 comments

family life

For the first time since records began, the majority of babies in the UK are now born to mothers aged over 30. According to a newly published statistical bulletin from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 51 per cent of the just under 700,000 UK births last year were to mothers aged over 30, the…

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Same sex politics in the US mid-term elections

October 17, 2014 0 comments

gay marriage

A Senator from Arkansas who is running for a second term of office in the US mid-term elections is at the centre of controversy regarding his views on same sex marriage. After the senator publicly expressed opposition to same sex marriage in the southern state, a member of his campaign team was filmed on a…

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Professional wills vs amateur dangers by Jane Gray

October 16, 2014 0 comments

will and probate

Wills are supposed to ensure the smooth recognition of a deceased person’s wishes and help their friends and families come to terms with their loss. Buying a will is “fraught with risk and uncertainty”, according to the Legal Ombudsman. In a newly published report, the regulator highlights the absence of regulation – anybody can write…

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