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Cohabitation rights: a question of fairness by John Bolch

December 18, 2014 0 comments

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Baroness Deech has written about Lord Marks’ Cohabitation Rights Bill, which intends to give financial protection to cohabitants, and which had its second reading in the House of Lords last week. She said: “I remain of the view that it is a denial of freedom to turn cohabitation into marriage by statute. Research into the…

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The birth of the CSA: regulations, damn regulations

December 18, 2014 0 comments

CSA

Back in the early 1990s I was appointed to chair appeals to a Child Support Agency (CSA) tribunal. The CSA has of course since metamorphosed into the Child Maintenance Service. I was excited and positive about the setting up of the CSA at that time because I thought an administrative process  might circumvent expensive arguments…

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Mother in contact dispute threatened with prison

December 18, 2014 0 comments

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A mother involved in a contact dispute with her daughter’s father has been threatened with prison. In T (A Child), the former couple’s daughter was approaching her 12th birthday. The father had applied for a contact order allowing him to see his daughter, ‘E’, in October 2011. At the Family Court in Newcastle Upon Tyne,…

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Council failures leave teens ‘homeless and vulnerable’

December 18, 2014 0 comments

homeless, care leaver, children

Local authorities are failing in their legal duty to protect teenagers who are ending up homeless and at risk of abuse as a result, a new report claims. According to young people’s charity Coram Voice, the leading causes of homelessness among children are family breakdown, abuse or violence in the home. The report also claims…

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Child relocation: the hardest decision by John Bolch

December 17, 2014 3 comments

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“It is my opinion that outside the sphere of State intervention for the purposes of child protection, the hardest decision that a judge ever has to make in the field of family law, or, for that matter, in any field, is a relocation decision. The choices are starkly binary. One or other parent will lose…

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The uncertainties of spousal maintenance

December 17, 2014 3 comments

finances and divorce

A Scottish, French and English lawyer explain to a client how the law works in their countries in relation to spousal maintenance. The Scots lawyer says: “You’ll get three years maximum and hard luck after that”. The French lawyer just says: “Hard luck”. Finally, the English lawyer shrugs his shoulders, starts making hand gestures and…

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Gay marriage in Ireland: referendum set for 2015

December 17, 2014 1 comment

Ireland, gay marriage

The people of Ireland will be able to vote on the legal status of same-sex marriage in a referendum next May, the Deputy Prime Minister has announced. In their final meeting before Christmas, the Irish Cabinet agreed to hold the referendum, although a specific date has not yet been set. The announcement was welcomed by…

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Singapore woman denied additional funds after clean break

December 17, 2014 0 comments

Singapore, divorce, clean break

A woman in Singapore has failed to secure more money from her ex-husband after losing the Australian $200,000 she was awarded following their divorce. Identified as Madam Nora Ali, the woman married a Swiss investment executive in 1991. When the couple divorced in 2010, she received a lump sum payment from her ex-husband. However, she…

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