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Mother refused permission to take her child to China

January 28, 2015 0 comments

children and divorce

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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UK family life: by the numbers

January 28, 2015 0 comments

family life, statistics, ONS

More British people are cohabiting than ever before but families are still more likely to be based on marriage, new figures reveal. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 3.1 million cohabiting couples in the UK in 2014, including both same sex and opposite sex relationships. In 2004, there were 2.4 million,…

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Trafficked children ‘should be given legal guardians’

January 28, 2015 0 comments

family life

Children trafficked into the UK should have legal guardians appointed to represent in court proceedings, a charity has urged. Northern Ireland has now become the first part of the UK to introduce such a measure, with new legislation receiving Royal Assent this week. The Human Trafficking & Exploitation Bill requires the appointment of guardians that…

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Financial remedies group publishes final report

January 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Financial Remedies Working Group established by the President of the Family Division has published its final report. The group was formed last June by Sir James Munby, to help unrepresented litigants in person navigate their way through financial cases and also improve general good practice in family cases involving money, referred to as ‘financial…

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Spousal maintenance: High Court rules on jurisdiction

January 27, 2015 0 comments

jurisdiction, habitual residence

A High Court judge has ruled that England and Wales has jurisdiction in a financial settlement case involving several countries. In AA v BB, a Kosovo-born couple with four children had divorced after approximately 20 years of marriage. During their marriage they had relocated to Slovenia. In 2008, the mother and children moved to England…

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Gay adoption on the rise

January 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

The number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples rose significantly last year, according to official figures. The Department for Education revealed that 330 children were adopted by same sex couples in 2014. Of those, 180 were adopted by male couples and 150 were adopted by female couples. These numbers are almost three times…

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Stowe Family Law on the future of care

January 26, 2015 0 comments

residential care

There are now 11.2 million people in the UK over the age of 65 and this will rise quickly as more and more of us survive beyond the age of 85. The fact that most us now live longer on average is good news of course, but is adequate funding and care support available for…

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