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‘Mental health champions’ for each secondary school

June 28, 2017 0 comments

mental health

‘Mental health first aid champions’ could be appointed for every secondary school across England under new plans announced by the government. Approximately 3,000 teachers will receive special training over the next three years in how to identify symptoms of mental illness amongst pupils, becoming lengthily titled ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions’. Conditions to be…

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What counts as infidelity?

June 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

Men and women have different views on what exactly constitutes infidelity, according to a new survey. While 91 per cent of women believe that a passionate kiss with someone other than a partner counts as being unfaithful, as many as one in five men do not share this opinion. This disparity was identified by relationship…

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Sikh couple seek declaration after adoption refusal

June 27, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A British Sikh couple have launched legal proceedings  after they were turned away by an adoption agency due to their ethnic background. Following unsuccessful fertility treatment, Sandeep and Reena Mander had applied to adopt a child. But they were told by the agency Adopt Berkshire that the only children available for adoption in their region…

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Is the Transparency Guidance experiment over?

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June 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

Number of published judgments returning to pre-guidance levels As many readers will be aware, in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby published Practice Guidance regarding the publication of judgments in the family courts. The intended effect of the guidance, which is commonly known simply as the ‘Transparency Guidance’, was to…

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Baby born to isolated mother to be adopted

June 27, 2017 1 comment

family life

A baby born to a young woman in uncertain circumstances should be adopted, the High Court has declared, and the father need not be informed. In a case described by a High Court judge as “very exceptional”, she had presented herself at a hospital one day, saying she felt unwell. Doctors quickly determined that the…

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Singapore couple face expensive divorce in Canada

June 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

A couple born and raised in Singapore have begun divorce proceedings in Canada which involves assets of around C$50 million (£29.67 million). The pair met in their home country in 1984 while they were both still married to other people. By 1997, they had divorced their previous spouses, married and had a child of their…

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Best practice in international social work

June 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

Best practice in social work for international cases will be highlighted in forthcoming research. The charity Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) works with families involved in disputes involving more than one country. A newly launched project will focus on the most effective ways for social workers to respond  to the challenges posed by such…

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Marriage fraudster told to pay $10,000 in damagers

June 26, 2017 0 comments

marriage

A Singaporean woman has been ordered to pay a New Zealand man NZ $10,000 (£5,733) in damages after a fake marriage scam. The man, from Wellington, had answered a newspaper advertisement about brides abroad and eventually paid the woman NZ $35,000 (£20,076) for marriage to a second Singaporean woman. However the bride he was allocated…

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Marriage and fatherhood lead to weight gain

June 26, 2017 0 comments

family law

Men who are married or have children are more likely to be overweight than their single peers. This has been a common belief for a long time but recently a recently published study by researchers at the University of Bath appears to give credence to it. They examined data from 8,729 heterosexual couples who were…

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Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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