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Conversions to Islam for marriage ruled invalid

December 21, 2014 0 comments

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Converting to Islam purely for the purpose of marriage is contrary to Indian law, a court has ruled. Five couples applied to the High Court in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, seeking relief from harassment by family members and the police. However, they were refused because, a Judge ruled, the conversions to Islam from…

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Emirati couples reconcile after divorce

December 20, 2014 0 comments

divorce

Close to half the couples who file for divorce in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later reconcile, the country’s Minister for Social Affairs has claimed. Speaking to members of government body the Federal National Council, Social Affairs Minister Mariam Al Roomi said court-mandated intervention has helped to reduce the numbers pushing ahead with divorce. Family…

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Billionaire’s ex-wife decides not to contest divorce settlement

December 19, 2014 2 comments

finances and divorce

The estranged wife of billionaire financier Sir Chris Hohn has decided not to contest her recent record-breaking divorce settlement. Jamie Cooper-Hohn was awarded £337 million last month – one of the largest divorce settlements ever reached in the English courts. Despite its size however, the award represented just 36 per cent of the matrimonial wealth….

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76% of family law cases feature litigant in person

December 19, 2014 0 comments

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A staggering 76 per cent of family law cases now have at least one party without representation, new figures have revealed. New statistics from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show that both parties in a family law dispute have legal representation in only 24 per cent of cases between July and September. This number has…

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‘Coercive control’ domestic abuse to be criminalised

December 19, 2014 5 comments

London

Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed plans to include a criminal offense for people who use ‘coercive control’ against their partners in the Serious Crimes Bill. Should the new offense be successfully added to the bill, it will work similarly to current laws regarding stalking. Its focus will be on behaviour which may, on the…

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Cohabitation rights: a question of fairness by John Bolch

December 18, 2014 3 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 2 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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