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MoJ publishes consultation on missing people’s property

August 27, 2014 0 comments

family life

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a consultation paper on guardianship of the property and assets of missing people. Approximately 313,000 people were reported missing in the UK in the year to 2012, the UK Missing Persons Bureau reports. The MoJ notes that such disappearances can lead to both “loss of the missing person’s…

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Dublin sees march for gay marriage

August 27, 2014 0 comments

gay marriage

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin earlier this week to march in favour of gay marriage. The sixth annual ‘March for Marriage’ attracted 8,000 participants to the Irish capital, in advance of a planned referendum on the issue next year. Carrying placards with such slogans as ‘love is genderless’, ‘equal’, and ‘I…

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The sharing principle in action by John Bolch

August 27, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

I wrote here recently about the important financial remedies case of White v White. This introduced the ‘sharing principle’, whereby, as a general guide, an equal division of assets between husband and wife should be departed from only if, and to the extent that, there is good reason for doing so. I said then that…

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Child abuse scandal engulfs Rotherham by Mark Christie

August 27, 2014 1 comment

Rotherham

The leader of Rotherham Council has resigned following the publication of a report revealing widespread child abuse in the South Yorkshire town. As many as 1,400 girls were sexually and physically abused by gangs over a 15 year period. Some were even abducted and trafficked to other cities, The Times reports. The abuse included children…

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Couple ‘rejects’ disabled girl born by surrogate

August 27, 2014 0 comments

surrogate mother

A British surrogate mother claims she has been left to raise a baby girl after the commissioning couple rejected the child. The mother bore twins after the implantation of embryos , but the couple who had commissioned the births robustly refused to take the girl when they discovered that she had been born with Congenital…

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Stowe Family Law celebrates one year in Wetherby

August 26, 2014 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Stowe Family Law’s sixth office opened in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, one year ago. Based at Oakgate House in Market Place, the Wetherby office is ably run by experienced family solicitors Liz Bell and Hayley Edwards, under the overall guidance of Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe. The firm’s office in Wetherby was the third…

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Legal aid: the elephant in the room by John Bolch

August 26, 2014 3 comments

legal aid

Last week the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education released an update setting out the progress made since the Family Justice Review was published in November 2011. The update is entitled A brighter future for Family Justice: a round up of what’s happened since the Family Justice Review, and it includes an annex…

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Education funding for disadvantaged youngsters ‘not enough’

August 26, 2014 0 comments

famiily life

Proposed additional funding for nurseries and kindergartens who take on disadvantaged youngsters may not be sufficient, a former government advisor has claimed. The ‘Early Years Pupil Premium’ (EYPP) scheme would pay childcare organisations looking after three- and four-year olds from difficult backgrounds £300 per year. It was outlined in a recently published consultation document, which…

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Mentally ill wife allowed to appeal against divorce settlement

August 25, 2014 1 comment

divorce settlement

A wife who suffered from mental illness has been granted permission to appeal against the divorce settlement she received. In MAP v RAP, the couple had married in 1981, with the wife eventually issuing a divorce petition in 2008. The previous year she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, previously known as ‘manic depression’. Following…

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