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Pope Francis appoints ‘streamlined’ annulments commission

September 22, 2014 0 comments

Pope, marriage, divorce, annulments

Pope Francis has appointed an 11 member commission to discuss ways of making annulments easier for married Catholics to obtain. The Vatican announced the commission on Saturday in order make annulments “more streamlined, while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage”. An annulment, or ‘declaration of nullity’, means that, in the eyes of the…

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Domestic violence campaigners given permission to appeal

September 22, 2014 0 comments

domestic violence

Campaign group the Rights of Women have been given permission to challenge the lawfulness of government restrictions on legal aid. The voluntary organisation claims that the restrictions on legal aid introduced by year’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act often prevent genuine victims of domestic violence from securing legal funding, despite an apparent…

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A different type of case by John Bolch

September 22, 2014 0 comments

family law

Most law reports that one reads concern cases dealing with familiar situations: financial settlements on divorce, disputes between parents over arrangements for their children, local authorities seeking care orders and so on. Occasionally, however, one comes across a case that is quite different from the rest, if not entirely unique. Such it was when I…

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BBC investigates fake gay weddings

September 22, 2014 1 comment

gay marriage

Sham wedding gangs have begun turning to fake gay weddings to try and fool immigration authorities, a BBC documentary suggests. According to documentary series Inside Out, gangs operating in the London area have begun supplying ‘lesbian’ bridges with EU passports for staged same sex weddings to try and secure visas for individuals from outside the…

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High Court judge rules on permission to appeal in divorce

September 22, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

Litigants seeking to appeal financial settlements in divorce should apply for permission with the judge who heard their original case, the High Court has declared. The case of AB v CD concerned a couple who met in 1999. The wife, a journalist by profession, had by then already bought her own home in Bristol. Sitting…

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Spousal maintenance: What you need to know

September 22, 2014 0 comments

divorce costs

There are many misconceptions about spousal maintenance which I find often cause the most arguments between divorcing couples or couples who have divorced but where maintenance is ordered to be paid. People imagine angrily that it is a meal ticket for life, or even a way of getting something for nothing. The truth is that…

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Conference calls for cooperation on migrant children

September 21, 2014 0 comments

chldren's rights

Speakers at one-day legal conference in London this week stressed the need for greater cooperation between agencies working with vulnerable migrant children. Working together to ensure the protection and reception of unaccompanied children in Europe addressed the difficulties facing professionals who work with unaccompanied migrant children in the UK, many of whom have been trafficked…

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Domestic violence: campaigners call for legal aid change

September 20, 2014 3 comments

Royal Courts of Justice

Campaigners gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday to publicise their challenge to the current legal aid rules. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) effectively eliminated legal aid for all family law cases between individuals, such as divorce. While there is an exception in the Act for…

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International Surrogacy: A Guide by Joanna Kay

September 19, 2014 0 comments

legal aid

Babies Gammy and Pipah, the twins born under a surrogacy arrangement, are back in the news today. The commissioning couple took Pipah to live with them in Australia and left Gammy, who has health issues, with the surrogate mother who is based in Thailand. The surrogate mother has now said that she hopes to travel…

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