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Marriage still valued by young people new study claims

March 1, 2015 0 comments

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Marriage is still valued by a majority of young people, a new study has claimed. Researchers at Ball State University in Indiana and Brigham Young University in Utah interviewed 517 students attending the former university, to see how much importance they placed on marriage to comparison to other social roles associated with adulthood. The majority…

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Irish emigrants urged to vote for gay marriage

February 28, 2015 0 comments

gay marriage

An Irish citizen living in London has launched a campaign urging fellow emigrants to travel back home in order to vote ‘yes’ in the forthcoming marriage equality referendum. Republic of Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced earlier this month that the expected referendum would take place on May 22. Irish residents will  vote on whether not…

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Judge approves international adoption

February 27, 2015 0 comments

aeroplane, international relocation, children

A Family Court judge has approved the adoption of an eight year-old boy by parents living in another country. In J (A Child), Judge Simon Wood noted that it had been difficult to find adoptive parents for the child given his age as well as unspecified “behavioural issues”. As a result, the local authority widened…

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Sir James Munby: large court bundles will be ‘destroyed’

February 27, 2015 1 comment

family law, court bundles

The President of the Family Division has said that excessive court bundles in family cases will be “destroyed without any prior warning”. During a judgment regarding the care of three children, Sir James Munby expressed his frustration at the amount of documents submitted to the court, saying it was something that happened “too often”. Under…

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Referrals to children’s services increase

February 27, 2015 0 comments

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The number of referrals to children’s services has increased by over ten per cent, according to official figures. Data from the Department for Education (DfE) reveals that there were 657,800 referrals between 2013 and 2014. This represents an increase of 10.8 per cent over the previous year, when there were 593,900 referrals. Nearly 24 per…

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Doctors less likely to divorce, study suggests

February 27, 2015 1 comment

marriage

Doctors are less likely than other professionals to get divorced, a new published study suggests. Researchers at Harvard Medical School analysed census data relating to a variety of professions, including dentists, pharmacists, nurses, lawyers and physicians – data which was collected between 2008 and 2013. The results showed that doctors were less likely to get divorced…

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Adultery decriminalised in South Korea

February 26, 2015 0 comments

adultery, divorce

South Korea has revoked a law which criminalised adultery. Seven of the nine judges in the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional. Presiding judge Park Han-Chul said it was “realistically impossible that all unethical acts face criminal justice”. While people may regard adultery as immoral, “state power should not intervene in individuals’…

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Imerman: The view from Dublin by John Bolch

February 26, 2015 0 comments

Ireland, gay marriage

As I have said here before, ‘self-help’ when it comes to gathering evidence in relation to financial remedy proceedings following divorce is a common issue. In the family context it is all too easy for one party to obtain documentation belonging to the other party, without the other party’s consent, especially where both sides are…

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Adopters awarded £14,000 in care battle

February 26, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The adoptive parents of a five year-old boy have been awarded £14,000 in legal costs following a year-long battle with their local council. In NP and SP v Essex County Council, the boy had been placed with the couple back in August 2011, when he was just 22 months old. Shortly after the placement he…

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