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Father’s contact appeal fails

July 31, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a father’s bid to overturn orders which prevented him from seeing his six year-old son. The child’s parents met in 2006 and began living together the following year, but their relationship began to break down and they separated in April 2009. This was only a few weeks after their…

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Slight increase in female judges

July 30, 2015 0 comments

children and divorce

There has been a slight increase in the number of female judges, a new report has revealed. According to a newly published diversity report by the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21 per cent of Court of Appeal judges are women, which is an increase from 18 per cent in 2014. However, this only translates to…

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Another successful Barder appeal by John Bolch

July 30, 2015 0 comments

family law

When an event occurs shortly after a financial/property order on divorce that fundamentally undermines the whole basis upon which the order was made, it is possible to appeal against the order. Such appeals are known as ‘Barder appeals’, after the leading case Barder v Barder. However, as I have previously said here on more than…

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Canadians considering divorce to cope with rising care fees

July 30, 2015 0 comments

New Brunswick Confederation Bridge

Some Canadian pensioners are contemplating divorce after decades of marriage to combat crippling care fees. In the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick, national broadcaster CBC talked to several Canadian ‘seniors’ who are facing financial difficulty after the care homes looking after their spouses raised their fees. Jerry Clark, who has been married for 52…

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Children ‘should be able to delete their online past’

July 30, 2015 0 comments

online, family life

Children should have the power to delete online photos and information about them, a new campaign urges. Backed by Minister for Internet Safety and Security Baroness Shields, the ‘iRights’ campaign “seeks to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people”. The measures proposed include an “unqualified right” for…

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Vulnerable Northern Ireland mother loses care battle

July 29, 2015 0 comments

Family Law, Northern Ireland

The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland has rejected a mother’s bid to have her two year-old daughter returned to her care. The mother suffered from a mental illness called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Triggered by “severe recurrent childhood trauma” and sexual abuse, “her mind has shattered into fragmented states or personalities”. Additionally, she…

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Singapore stats say marriage is up and divorce is down

July 29, 2015 0 comments

Singapore

Marriage is on the rise in Singapore and divorce is declining according to new statistics just released by the government’s department of statistics. The agency’s annual report indicated that 28,407 marriages were officially registered last year, which is a rise of 8.2 per cent year on year. At the same time 7,307 marriages ended through…

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Heiress awarded £3.6m repayment from late ex-husband

July 29, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

A “fabulously wealthy” heiress is to be repaid £3.6million from the estate of her ex-husband who committed suicide. The couple met in 1995 and married two years later. They lived together on a £30million estate and had three children. Their marriage eventually broke down and they divorced in 2014. Following their divorce, the husband was…

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