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Health care reform reduces US divorces?

February 19, 2017 0 comments

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One of President Obama’s signature pieces of legislation could be responsible for a drop in the number of divorces. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed ‘Obamacare’ by its detractors, has apparently contributed to a reduction in what is known as ‘medical divorce’. When someone in the United States develops a serious illness, treatment can be…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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Parents awarded £11K after ‘human rights breach’

February 17, 2017 3 comments

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The Family Court has awarded £11,250 to a couple whose human rights were breached when their baby was taken away. Mr Justice Cobb declared that social workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, had misled a District Judge when they sought to remove the infant boy from his parent’s care. The mother suffered from minor learning difficulties…

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Six year-old ‘should be returned to Northern Cyprus’

February 17, 2017 2 comments

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A six year-old boy should be returned to Northern Cyprus, the High Court has ruled, despite an acrimonious relationship between his parents. In D v D, the father had applied for the boy’s  return, against the opposition of the mother. The parents married on the Mediterranean island in 2009 and the boy, ‘D’, was born…

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Charity calls for male domestic abuse shelter

February 17, 2017 0 comments

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London needs a safe house for male victims of domestic abuse, a charity has insisted. Official statistics revealed there was an 80 per cent increase in the number of police reports from men claiming they were victims of abuse over a three-year period. In 2012, only 9,245 reports were made to the Met Police but…

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Millions announced to tackle child abuse

February 17, 2017 2 comments

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The Home Office has announced £40 million in new funding for measures designed to tackle the sexual abuse and trafficking of children. Half the new money will be funnelled into National Crime Agency efforts to tackle sexual exploitation online, while more than £2 million will be allotted to the official Child Trafficking Protection Fund, from…

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Social workers are ‘marginalised’ in court

February 16, 2017 1 comment

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Work conducted by social workers before cases reach court is frequently ignored, a council has claimed. In a new report, Barking and Dagenham Council in East London claims reluctance to accept such work caused delays in care proceedings, blaming these for its failure to meet government-prescribed timetables. The report declares: “Work undertaken prior to a…

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Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Jennifer Williamson, a senior solicitor based in our Winchester office. “My son and daughter are both teenagers now and my son will be going off to university soon. How does that affect…

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Court of Appeal recognises Syrian marriage

February 16, 2017 0 comments

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The Court of Appeal has rejected a university lecturer’s claim that a marriage conducted in Syria was not legally valid. The case concerned a couple who split acrimoniously in 2013 after 14 years together, amidst accusations of infidelity and assault. They had one daughter. Later, as divorce proceedings began, they became embroiled in a legal…

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