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Catholics reject Church doctrine on divorce

July 4, 2015 0 comments

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A significant proportion of Catholics reject Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage and cohabitation according to a newly published study. Campaign group A Call To Action polled a reportedly representative sample of 342 Catholics, some ordained, on their attitudes to Church teachings on family issues. No less than 88 per cent of the respondents said they…

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A week in family law: Figure, figures, figures… and more

July 3, 2015 0 comments

family law

It’s mostly been about statistics this week, but there has been some other news… The first statistics came from a Crown Prosecution Service report, which indicated that a record number of people have been prosecuted for offences categorised as “violence against women and girls” in England and Wales. The report showed there were more than…

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Government plans to scrap child poverty act

July 3, 2015 0 comments

child poverty

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has announced plans to scrap the Child Poverty Act. Iain Duncan Smith told Parliament this week that the legislation, which defines poverty reduction targets, would be replaced with a new requirement to monitor “worklessness” and “educational attainment”. The first measure would include an assessment of the number…

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Vulnerable client guide for solicitors published

July 3, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The Law Society has published a guide for solicitors on how to deal with clients who have physical or mental health problems. Meeting the needs of vulnerable clients seeks to help identify vulnerable clients early and communicate with them more effectively. It lists certain “vulnerability indicators” including age, learning disabilities, difficulty understanding complex information, and…

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Adult children owe parents over £3,000

July 3, 2015 0 comments

family life, family law

Almost a quarter of elderly parents are still owed money by their adult children, a new study suggests. In a survey of more than 1,000 parents over 65 years-old, 23 per cent claim that their children are still in their debt. The average amount owed is around £3,100. One in ten of those surveyed said…

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Scheme could track domestic abusers via GPS

July 2, 2015 5 comments

domestic violence

Northumbria Police have launched a pilot scheme which will allow people convicted of domestic violence to be tracked by GPS. An ankle bracelet and handset will be carried by participating offenders whenever they leave the house. If they subsequently enter a defined ‘exclusion zone’ – for example, the area surrounding their victim’s home or place…

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