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Mother wins appeal against Irish custody order

July 24, 2017 3 comments

family life

The mother of a three year-old girl has won her appeal against an order saying her daughter must be sent back to live with her father in the Republic of Ireland. The order, made in the Irish courts last year, transferred sole care of the girl to her father who lives in the country. The…

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Australian Christians back gay marriage

July 24, 2017 0 comments

family law

Most Australian Christians believe that gay marriage should be legal in their country and want their politicians to act quickly on the matter. In a recent poll of 1,000 Christians across Australia 54 per cent said they supported the introduction of marriage equality. A little under half – 49 per cent – also said that…

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Foster carer recruitment crisis

July 24, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The government has failed to tackle a growing recruitment crisis in foster care according to new findings. An official Department for Education assessment of the system highlights the increasingly difficulty faced by the sector in recruiting high quality foster carers. Most are aged over 50 and a proportion are lost each year to retirement. The…

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Mickey Mouse announces adoption of foster children

July 23, 2017 1 comment

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Mickey Mouse was an integral part of a couple’s plan to tell their foster children they were going to adopt them. Tom and Courtney Gilmour of Portland, Pennsylvania, visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year with their two foster children. Janielle, 12, and her ten year-old brother Elijah had lived with the…

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Surveillance admissible evidence in care case

July 22, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

Evidence that may have been obtained illegally is eligible for inclusion in a care application, a Judge has ruled. His Honour Judge Moradifar had been asked to consider a former couple whose children had been made the subject of care proceedings. Social workers believed the couple were still in a relationship despite their claims to…

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Predicting divorce on the wedding day

July 21, 2017 2 comments

family law

A person’s wedding day is often described as the happiest day of their life. And usually this is a pretty safe, uncontroversial thing to say. After all, this is the day when you officially joined with the person you love the most until death do you part. What could possibly go wrong? However life is…

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Statistics, court profits and more

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July 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been busy this week. Firstly, they have published population estimates by marital status and living arrangements in England and Wales, for the period from 2002 to 2016. The statistics showed that there were 24.1 million people in England and Wales who were married…

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Lady Hale appointed President of the Supreme Court

July 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

Baroness Hale of Richmond has been appointed President of the Supreme Court. Less formally known as Lady Hale, the pioneering former barrister and High Court Judge will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. She has been Deputy President of the Supreme Court since June 2013, the only woman who has done so to date. The 72…

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PM urges Northern Ireland marriage equality

July 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

Prime Minister Theresa May believes Northern Ireland should allow same sex marriage. Writing for LGBT website Pink News, May stated that “marriage should be for everyone, regardless of their sexuality” and that the gay community of Northern Ireland “should have the same rights as people across the rest of the UK”. The article was written…

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