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Divorce on the rise in Iran

October 23, 2014 0 comments

Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, divorce

I was interested to read that the divorce rate in the Islamic Republic of Iran is on the rise, according to official statistics. Since 2006, the number of divorces in the country has increased by one and a half times. Currently, 20 per cent of Iranian marriages end in divorce. Apparently, the trend shows no…

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Obama: gay marriage should be guaranteed

October 22, 2014 0 comments

Obama, US

President Obama has come out in support of a Constitutional guarantee for same-sex marriage in all fifty US states. In an interview with The New Yorker, Obama said he thought that “the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states”. The Equal Protection Clause refers to a section of the Fourteenth Amendment…

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Momentous and difficult decisions, by John Bolch

October 22, 2014 0 comments

Judge

One of the on-going themes of my posts here is the difficult nature of the decisions faced by our family judges on an almost daily basis. For examples of what I have written previously see this post regarding the Court of Protection and this post concerning child relocation. The reason I have written these posts…

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Consultation closes on domestic abuse

October 22, 2014 2 comments

domestic violence

Social work organisations have responded to the Home Secretary’s consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse. I wrote about this in August expressing doubts that creating a new offence of domestic abuse, whilst laudable in intent, will be very difficult to enforce in practice because of the required burden of proof. Nonetheless, I notice…

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Involved or not involved, that is the question

October 22, 2014 1 comment

parents, children, Children and Families Act 2014

The new parental involvement clause in the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force today. It requires family courts to presume that each parent’s involvement in the child’s life will further their welfare where it is safe and appropriate. But what does this actually mean in reality? I’ll tell you; nothing. The clause in…

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More support needed for child witnesses of domestic abuse

October 22, 2014 0 comments

domestic violence

The BBC reports that Carey Oppenheim, the chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation is concerned that children in the UK who are witnesses of domestic abuse are not getting the support they need. “The consequences are really very severe for these children – not just at the time but well into their adulthood, she…

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Daily stress, marital status and divorce in the US

October 22, 2014 0 comments

United States

In a survey of well-being amongst a sample of over 130,000 US citizens, polling organisation Gallup concludes that marriage is associated with higher well-being as compared to those cohabiting or living alone. The results of the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index survey 2014 also yielded the conclusion that marriage fosters a sense of purpose through the…

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Majority support civil protection order for FGM victims

October 21, 2014 0 comments

Ministry of Justice sign

A majority of people support the introduction of a civil protection order for potential victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), the UK government has revealed. When a civil protection order is issued by the court, it orders that a person cannot have contact with, or go near, a specific individual. The responses to a Ministry…

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Home Secretary names child abuse panel

October 21, 2014 1 comment

Home Secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced her appointments to a panel which will examine the problem of child abuse in various institutions. In a statement before the House of Commons, May said that her choices represent “a diverse range of experience”.  The panel will include people with a background in “social care, academia, law enforcement,…

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