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Majority support civil protection order for FGM victims

October 21, 2014 0 comments

Ministry of Justice sign

A majority of people support the introduction of a civil protection order for potential victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), the UK government has revealed. When a civil protection order is issued by the court, it orders that a person cannot have contact with, or go near, a specific individual. The responses to a Ministry…

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Home Secretary names child abuse panel

October 21, 2014 1 comment

Home Secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced her appointments to a panel which will examine the problem of child abuse in various institutions. In a statement before the House of Commons, May said that her choices represent “a diverse range of experience”.  The panel will include people with a background in “social care, academia, law enforcement,…

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Ministers turn down action on B&Bs

October 21, 2014 0 comments

B&B, bed and breakfast, children, care leavers

The government has rejected a proposition from MPs which would ban the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for care leavers. The news came in response to a number of recommendations made by the Commons Education Select Committee, which were published in July. The ban on B&Bs being used for young people leaving care was…

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Marilyn on arbitration

October 21, 2014 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law, blog, video

It really is a shame how few people know about arbitration. When it comes to family disputes, it combines the best parts about the courtroom with the best parts of mediation. In addition to being a mediator, I am an arbitrator. I would not be an arbitrator if I wasn’t convinced of its effectiveness. I…

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Paternity testing in India tested in divorce case

October 20, 2014 0 comments

family law

In a change from the recognised Indian legal convention that prioritised a child’s legitimacy in a marriage, over a divorce being sought on the ground of infidelity by a partner, its Supreme Court has ruled that a DNA test can be ordered by courts as a “legitimate and scientifically perfect” tool to establish adultery in…

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Avoid apps that could make your divorce worries worse

October 20, 2014 0 comments

apps, infidelity, divorce

I was fascinated to read in the Times at the weekend how many new apps are on the market to those worried about divorce with the potential to hide the user’s infidelity. Names like Spy Phone, Vaulty Stocks or BlackBook app provide a rather racy indication to their purpose for anyone wishing to snoop on…

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A couple of bad ideas, by John Bolch

October 20, 2014 3 comments

divorce mistakes, divorce, family law, divorce advice

In the last week I have come across a couple of bad ideas for the reform of family law. One of the ideas has already passed into law, or at least is about to, and the other is no more than a proposal – a state in which, I would suggest, it should remain. The…

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Mayor of Rome defies Italy’s gay marriage ban

October 20, 2014 0 comments

Rome, Italy, gay marriage

The Mayor of Rome has registered 16 gay marriages despite it being banned in Italy. The marriages all took place outside of the country. The couples married in countries including Spain, Portugal and the United States. Mayor Ignazio Marino took this step despite a directive from the Italian Interior Minister to local prefects which demanded…

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