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Barnardos warns of the sexual exploitation of boys

August 28, 2014 0 comments

child welfare

The sexual exploitation of boys is a much bigger problem than many people realise according to a leading children’s charity. In a study of more than 9,000 sexual abuse victims aged eight to 17, researchers from the University College London found that close to one in three(2,896) were male, a proportion much higher than earlier…

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Important cases: Miller and McFarlane by John Bolch

August 28, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

I have already discussed White v White in this series of posts about important cases. This set out the ‘sharing principle’, to which courts should have regard when deciding financial remedy applications after divorce. Further guidance in this area came from the House of Lords six years later in the conjoined appeals Miller v Miller…

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Couple’s divorce costs are “staggering” says judge

August 28, 2014 0 comments

financial settlement

A couple engaged in acrimonious divorce proceedings have spent close to £1.25 million on legal costs, a figure described as “staggering” by a High Court judge. In US v SR, the couple divorced after a 13 year marriage. The husband is British and now semi-retired, while the wife is Russian. They had three children, all…

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New IT child protection system to be trialled

August 28, 2014 1 comment

child protection

Four years after scraping ContactPoint, a controversial database of vulnerable children and young people, the government plans to pilot a new system. The Child Protection Information System (CPIS) is designed to improve the sharing of information on youngsters who may be at risk of neglect or abuse. Under current plans, ten councils will trial the…

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MoJ publishes consultation on missing people’s property

August 27, 2014 0 comments

family life

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a consultation paper on guardianship of the property and assets of missing people. Approximately 313,000 people were reported missing in the UK in the year to 2012, the UK Missing Persons Bureau reports. The MoJ notes that such disappearances can lead to both “loss of the missing person’s…

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Dublin sees march for gay marriage

August 27, 2014 0 comments

gay marriage

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin earlier this week to march in favour of gay marriage. The sixth annual ‘March for Marriage’ attracted 8,000 participants to the Irish capital, in advance of a planned referendum on the issue next year. Carrying placards with such slogans as ‘love is genderless’, ‘equal’, and ‘I…

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The sharing principle in action by John Bolch

August 27, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

I wrote here recently about the important financial remedies case of White v White. This introduced the ‘sharing principle’, whereby, as a general guide, an equal division of assets between husband and wife should be departed from only if, and to the extent that, there is good reason for doing so. I said then that…

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Child abuse scandal engulfs Rotherham by Mark Christie

August 27, 2014 2 comments

Rotherham

The leader of Rotherham Council has resigned following the publication of a report revealing widespread child abuse in the South Yorkshire town. As many as 1,400 girls were sexually and physically abused by gangs over a 15 year period. Some were even abducted and trafficked to other cities, The Times reports. The abuse included children…

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Couple ‘rejects’ disabled girl born by surrogate

August 27, 2014 0 comments

surrogate mother

A British surrogate mother claims she has been left to raise a baby girl after the commissioning couple rejected the child. The mother bore twins after the implantation of embryos , but the couple who had commissioned the births robustly refused to take the girl when they discovered that she had been born with Congenital…

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Stowe Family Law celebrates one year in Wetherby

August 26, 2014 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Stowe Family Law’s sixth office opened in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, one year ago. Based at Oakgate House in Market Place, the Wetherby office is ably run by experienced family solicitors Liz Bell and Hayley Edwards, under the overall guidance of Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe. The firm’s office in Wetherby was the third…

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