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Nature of arguments can predict divorce

January 30, 2015 0 comments

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Psychologists in the United States have claimed that the way spouses argue can predict if they will end up getting a divorce. John Gottman from the University of Washington and Robert Levenson from the University of California were able to predict divorce with 93 per cent accuracy. A total of 79 couples took part in…

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Ex civil partner seeks larger settlement

January 29, 2015 1 comment

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The ex-partner of a successful property developer has returned to court seeking a larger settlement. Helen Roocroft had a 19 year relationship with Carol Ann Ainscow, who died in 2013, the London Evening Standard reports, and the pair entered a civil partnership. After the couple separated she accepted a settlement of £162,000, the paper says,…

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Adverse inferences by John Bolch

January 29, 2015 0 comments

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What does a court do when faced with a party who fails to disclose all of their assets in a financial remedy dispute following divorce? Well, one thing it can do is draw an ‘adverse inference’ against that party, inferring that they have more assets than they have actually disclosed. The court will then proceed…

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Domestic abuse exemption for partners of disabled women

January 29, 2015 0 comments

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Partners of disabled women could avoid domestic abuse prosecution even after ‘coercive control’ is criminalised, a campaign group has claimed. Coercive control concerns patterns of behaviour which cause mental and emotional harm rather than physical. These can include threats, intimidation, and restrictions of someone’s financial or personal freedom. Currently, such behaviour is not punishable by…

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House husband unhappy with divorce ruling requiring job

January 29, 2015 2 comments

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The husband of a wealthy accountant has objected to a divorce ruling which would require him to find employment. Rupert Nightingale was married to university sweetheart Kirsten Turner for seven years. She earned a six figure salary as a partner at international financial services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, while he pursued fine art photography, making little money,…

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Young and poor families suffered most from benefit cuts

January 29, 2015 1 comment

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Poor families and those with young children have been hardest hit by government financial cutbacks, a new study suggests. Benefit cuts and tax changes introduced since the coalition government came to power in 2010 have seen the poorest five per cent of the population lose close to three per cent of their income, the report…

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Piecemeal reform continues unabated by John Bolch

January 28, 2015 0 comments

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It seems that hardly a month passes without some new report recommending reform of some part of the family justice system. These reports emanate from a number of sources, including the Law Commission, the Family Justice Council and various ‘working groups’ set up by the President of the Family Division. Keeping track of it all…

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Judge rules 5 children habitually resident in England

January 28, 2015 0 comments

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A High Court judge has ruled that five children taken to the Republic of Ireland by their father are habitually resident in England. In Lancashire County Council v T & Ors (Habitual Residence: Care Proceedings), Mr Justice Moylan ruled that the father had taken the children out of the country in order to avoid action…

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Mother refused permission to take her child to China

January 28, 2015 0 comments

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The mother of a four year-old girl has been refused permission to take her five year-old daughter on holiday to China. In the Matter of X-N (A Child) concerned ‘J’, who was born in January 2010. Her mother is a Chinese national and her father is British. They met in 2004, eventually marrying after their…

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