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Arranged marriage renewed in shopping mall

August 19, 2017 0 comments

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A couple who underwent a rare Western arranged marriage 19 years ago have renewed their vows after the husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. David and Elizabeth Weinlick were married in June 1998 at the famous Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, after meeting just moments before. The unconventional match was a social experiment staged…

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Maintenance variation, adultery and more

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August 18, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The proper approach to applications to vary maintenance orders is to be considered by the Supreme Court, in the case Mills v Mills. The facts of the case are that the parties were divorced in 2002. Their financial claims were settled by a consent order which, amongst other things, provided…

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Young people to be offered mental health support

August 18, 2017 0 comments

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Young people are to receive government-funded mental health support under a new initiative for teenagers. The National Citizen Service (NCS) offers a range of summer holiday experiences to young people aged 15 to 17, aimed at helping them to develop their life and employment skills. Approximately 100,000 participants are expected this year. Prime Minister Theresa…

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Northern Ireland gay marriage bid rejected

August 18, 2017 1 comment

Family Law, Northern Ireland

A High Court Judge has rejected two challenges to Northern Ireland’s ban on gay marriage. Mr Justice O’Hara said social policy in the Province should be decided by the Stormont Assembly rather than the Courts. He had been asked to rule on two cases against the prohibition which were heard at the same time because…

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Woman adopts child abandoned outside temple

August 18, 2017 0 comments

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A woman living in the UK has now twice adopted a girl who was found abandoned outside a Delhi temple as an infant. In a recently published judgment from November 2016, Mrs Justice Theis explained that girl, ‘X’, had been given an estimated date of birth due to the circumstances she was found in back…

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Controversial social worker scheme dropped

August 17, 2017 6 comments

children in care

Plans to increase collaboration between court guardians and social workers have been dropped following concerns that they may encourage collusion. The scheme was outlined in February by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and Cafcass, with the suggestion that it might speed up care proceedings and cut unnecessary court appearances, amidst concerns about…

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Lebanon ditches marriage loophole for rapists

August 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Lebanese Parliament has abolished a law which allowed rapists to avoid punishment for their crime if they married the victim. Article 522 of the Middle Eastern country’s penal code stated that men who had committed rape, statutory rape or kidnapping could have their prosecution or conviction suspended under this condition. Unsurprisingly, this law has…

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Social workers at West Yorkshire council plan more strikes

August 17, 2017 0 comments

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Social workers at a troubled council in West Yorkshire may begin a further series of strikes  next month reports suggest. Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is currently rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted – but social workers claim staffing shortages and heavy workloads lie behind many of the problems. Following months of unrest, 240 members of trade union…

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Zambian husband missed work to conceive child

August 16, 2017 0 comments

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A man from the city of Kitwe in central Zambia repeatedly absconded from work to have sex with his wife, a divorce court has heard. The wife, who at 40 is four years older than her husband, told a local magistrates court that he had sometimes come home to see her multiple times a day….

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