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Something for everyone, by John Bolch

October 1, 2014 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe, John Bolch

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, there must be some truth in that, as I can’t believe that a year has already passed since I began writing for Marilyn Stowe’s Family Law & Divorce Blog. To celebrate the event, I thought I would re-visit some of the highlights of my year here….

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Sir James Munby annuls 180 Italian divorces

October 1, 2014 0 comments

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The President of the Family Division has annulled the divorces of 180 Italian couples after declaring they were obtained fraudulently. In Rapisarda v Colladon (Irregular Divorces), Sir James Munby found that the scheme involved at least one member of each couple claiming to live in Britain. In fact, 179 couples used the same address in…

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Looked after children on the rise

October 1, 2014 0 comments

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The number of ‘looked after’ children in care has risen steadily over the last few years, new statistics suggest. According to figures from the Department for Education, there were close to 69,000 looked after children across England and Wales at the end of March – an increase of one per cent over the same period…

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Scotland outlaws forced marriage

September 30, 2014 0 comments

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Forced marriage is now illegal in Scotland, three months after the practice was outlawed in England and Wales. Members of the Scottish Parliament approved the Westminster legislation, bringing it into force north of the border today, The Courier reports. Guidance on the new legislation will be published later this week. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and…

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Italian court overturns recognition of same-sex marriage

September 30, 2014 0 comments

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The Italian Court of Appeal has overturned legal recognition of a same-sex marriage. Joseph Chigiotti and Stefano Bucci married in New York in 2012. However, the marriage was not recognised by an official in the city of Grosseto in the central region of Tuscany. In response, the couple sued Grosseto city hall seeking recognition. The…

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Some common sense about transparency by John Bolch

September 30, 2014 0 comments

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As I said here in this post, ‘transparency’ is one of the buzzwords of the moment. The rationale behind the current ‘transparency drive’ is to counter the allegation that the family courts operate “a system of secret and unaccountable justice”, and the primary area of concern over secrecy is, of course, proceedings relating to children….

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Couples who meet online more likely to break up

September 29, 2014 0 comments

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Couples who meet online are less likely to marry and more likely to split up, a new study suggests. Researcher Aditi Paul from the Department of Communication at Michigan State University examined data from an earlier study. This had surveyed the relationship history of 4,002 US adults in four successive years. Aditi Paul analysed the…

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