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Court orders must still be obeyed by John Bolch

March 5, 2015 0 comments

family law

Court orders in family proceedings essentially come in two flavours: the hors-d’oeuvre of interlocutory orders and the main course of final orders. Interlocutory orders are orders made in the course of the proceedings, usually setting out procedural matters such as what each party should do, and when, for example that they should each file a…

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Businessman says he cannot make maintenance payments

March 5, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

A prominent Malaysian businessman going through a high profile divorce has claimed he cannot pay court-ordered maintenance due to problems with his cash flow. Khoo Kay Peng, now in his mid-70s, is chairman of major investment group Malaysia United Industries, owner of a majority stake in retailer Laura Ashley. Reports suggest Mr Peng is one…

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Divorce, finances and the Internet

March 5, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

Has the Internet had an impact on the way divorces are handled? If so, I suspect that social media sites like Facebook have had the biggest effect. Numerous studies appear to back this up. They claim that Facebook is causing divorces and breakups, and while that may be true, the real danger when it comes…

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Children of divorce consume more sugary drinks

March 5, 2015 2 comments

children, obesity

Children whose parents have divorced consume more sugary drinks than those with married parents, a new study suggests. Researchers from San Francisco State University asked parents and children in married and divorced families to make diaries about the food and drink they consumed. They claimed that the reason for the discrepancy between the amount of…

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Children’s play initiative hailed as success

March 4, 2015 0 comments

London

A London community play project has been highly successful according to a new review. In the Hackney Play Streets project, residents were allowed to apply to have particular roads closed for a period on a weekly or monthly basis so local children and their families could take part in outdoor play events. While the children…

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Chance of divorce increases when wives fall ill

March 4, 2015 0 comments

family life

Couples in which the wife falls ill are more prone to divorce, research has claimed. Academics at Iowa State University analysed data from the Health and Retirement Study, an ongoing survey of older people in the United States. Couples in which the wife had been diagnosed with a serious illness were six per cent more…

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John Bolch on another judicial reality check

March 4, 2015 1 comment

family law

Sometimes there is a wealth of wisdom in a simple judicial comment. And sometimes that wisdom may be self-evident to most, yet cannot be seen by one or both of the parties to the proceedings, blinded as they are by the smoke of battle. Just the other day I wrote here about Mr Justice Holman’s…

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Court of Appeal overturns family supervision order

March 4, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The Court of Appeal has overturned a supervision order in relation to a seven year old girl and her younger brother. Supervision orders require a local authority or probation officer to monitor the welfare or behaviour of delinquent or vulnerable children. In Z-O’C (Children), the two youngsters had different fathers. Their mother also had three…

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Mother acted as surrogate for adult son’s child

March 4, 2015 0 comments

baby holding finger

The Family Court has approved the adoption of a child who was carried by his father’s mother as a surrogate. In Re B v C (Surrogacy: Adoption), the child in question had lived with his father since birth. The judge noted that all reports indicated that the father, identified as ‘B’ in the judgment, had…

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