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A safety net with a hole by John Bolch

April 27, 2015 0 comments

legal aid, family law

Legal aid as we know it was born in 1949, with the passing of the Legal Aid and Advice Act of that year. This was such a momentous event that in 2009 the Ministry of Justice, via the Legal Services Commission, marked its 60th anniversary by creating a special commemorative website entitled 60 Years of…

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Mother responsible for daughter’s burns

April 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

A mother is responsible for burns suffered by her infant daughter, a Family Court judge has found. In Lancashire County Council v A (Burned Child), the girl had been taken to hospital where she was found to have burns on her hands and cheek as well as “widespread bruises and abrasions”. Medical experts who examined…

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Factory work gives Bangladeshi women choices outside marriage

April 27, 2015 0 comments

marriage

Access to garment factory work helps poor Bangladeshi woman postpone marriage and childbirth and continue their education, a new study suggests. Rachel Heath, an economist at the University of Washington and Yale School of Management co-author Mushfiq Mobarak analysed data on close to 2,000 households in Bangladeshi villages. They compared outcomes achieved by women living…

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Italy introduces new faster divorce law

April 26, 2015 0 comments

divorce

The Italian parliament has passed a law which will reduce the time it takes to get a divorce. Italian couples seeking to end their marriage can now do so within six months if it is uncontested. The time required for contested divorces has also been reduced to a year. Previously, couples would have to wait…

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Ofsted is out of touch claims Labour

April 24, 2015 0 comments

children in care

Education and children’s home inspectorate Ofsted is out of touch with the realities of the care system, the Labour Party has claimed. Speaking to Children & Young Now, shadow children’s minister Steve McCabe said the party plans to conduct a consultation on the future of Ofsted if it returns to power next month. It was…

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Court of Protection approves care payments

April 24, 2015 0 comments

family life

The Court of Protection has retrospectively approved payments made by a deputy to himself for care provided to his elderly mother. Re HC concerned a 78 year old woman from Jamaica who had first came to Britain in 1957. She married twice – the second time after her first husband was killed in a car…

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When litigants in person are a nuisance

April 24, 2015 4 comments

family law

As regular readers of this blog will know, we have written a lot over the last few years on the topic of ‘litigants in person’. This legal term refers to people who, sometimes through choice but usually through economic circumstance, appear in a court without a lawyer representing them. Thanks to the drastic cuts in…

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