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Migrant children suffering after years of spending cuts

August 21, 2017 0 comments

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Unaccompanied migrant children in the UK are struggling after years of harsh spending cuts the Children’s Society has warned. In a new report, the charity highlights the decision of the then-government to exclude migrant children from legal aid – only refugees who have applied for asylum are eligible. This has meant that children who enter…

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Woman granted divorce over lack of indoor toilet

August 21, 2017 0 comments

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An Indian woman has been granted a divorce from her husband after he refused to install a toilet in the marital home. The woman, 24, had been forced to use fields close to their home in a village near the city of Bhilwara, the Times of India reports. The couple were married for five years…

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Children should have ‘new right to privacy’

August 21, 2017 1 comment

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Children should have their own right to online privacy academics have claimed. In a new report from the University of Winchester, researchers suggest that children’s online privacy rights should be distinct from those of their parents and any decisions they may make about publishing photos and videos of them on social media and video sharing…

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Indian husbands divorcing wives for ‘mental illness’

August 20, 2017 0 comments

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An increasing number of Indian husbands claim their wives are mentally ill in order gain the upper hand in divorce, The Deccan Chronicle reports. Lawyers in the central Indian city of Hyderabad say claims of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are now are now the most common reasons cited by men seeking divorce. Under Indian law…

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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 1 comment

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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 3 comments

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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