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Risk of divorce ‘vanishes’ over time

February 8, 2016 0 comments

marriage, family law

The longer a couple has been married the less likely they are to seek a divorce, new research indicates. Campaign group The Marriage Foundation published Vanishing Divorce this week, a report based on data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In it, they claimed that once a couple has been married for ten years,…

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Mother and child can move to Poland

February 8, 2016 0 comments

family law

The Family Court has granted a Polish mother permission to move back to her home country with her two year-old daughter. While the child’s father is also from Poland, he and his parents have lived in England for “some considerable time”. By contrast, the mother only arrived in the country in 2010 and met the…

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Christian couple who lost adoptive son win retrial

February 7, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A decision to take the younger of two brothers from his adoptive parents should be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has declared. The boy and his older brother, aged 10 and 13, were adopted by a devout Christian couple but the relationship faltered quickly. At the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice King noted that the…

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Florida considers ending lifetime alimony

February 5, 2016 0 comments

family law

A proposal to end lifetime alimony has been approved by a committee of Florida lawmakers. The state is one of the few in North America to permit lifelong spousal maintenance awards, a provision which has become increasingly controversial in recent years. Proposed reforms collapsed last spring but the draft legislation was later revised and reintroduced….

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Maintenance question referred to the European Court of Justice

February 5, 2016 1 comment

child maintenance

The High Court has asked the European Court of Justice to clarity the precise mechanisms for the international enforcement of maintenance awards. MS v PS is a dispute between a German woman and an English man who married in 2005. They had two children and eventually separated after seven years together. Divorce proceedings took place…

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Children with step-siblings ‘more aggressive’

February 5, 2016 0 comments

family law

Children with step- or half-siblings are more likely to be aggressive, researchers have suggested. A team from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research examined data from 6,500 young children and their families from across the United States. Each child’s ‘primary parent’ – usually the biological mother – was asked a series of questions…

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Mental health support for children in care

February 5, 2016 1 comment

children in care

The government has announced plans to set up an ‘expert group’ to investigate the mental health needs of children in care. Health Minister Alistair Burt appeared before the Education Select Committee, which is currently holding an enquiry into the issue. He said the new group would be jointly established by the Department for Health and…

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