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Somali father excluded as carer of two sisters

November 27, 2014 0 comments

family life

The Somali father of a brother and sister, aged four and two, has been ruled out as their carer following the arrest of their mother. In London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D, E and F, care proceedings were launched for the two children following the death of their younger sister at the age of…

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Children swapped at birth ‘should not be returned’

November 27, 2014 0 comments

Pretoria, South Africa, children, family law

Two South African children who were accidentally swapped at birth should not be returned to their biological families, a legal expert has urged. Now aged four, the children were born in a Johannesburg hospital on the same day. Nurses mixed up the identities of the boy and the girl and, as a result, they were…

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Father accused of rape granted legal aid

November 26, 2014 1 comment

family law

A father seeking contact with his baby son has been granted legal aid despite an accusation of rape by the child’s mother. In Re C (A Child), the boy’s parents had a brief a relationship. After she gave birth, the father applied for contact with his child and for ‘parental responsibility’. This is a legal…

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Family advice service launched by poverty charity

November 26, 2014 0 comments

family life

UK charity the Child Poverty Action Group has launched an online information service for welfare advisors and families claiming benefits. Ask CPAG Online provides a range of information on issues affecting families dependent on benefits and tax credits. It is primarily aimed at advisors but is also accessible to claimants. The site is currently focused…

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One in ten leave job after separation

November 26, 2014 0 comments

divorce

Close to one in ten British workers have left jobs following a divorce or separation – that is the verdict of newly published research. Comres polled more than 4,000 adults for Resolution, a legal organisation which promotes alternatives to court for family disputes. Nine per cent of the respondents said they had had to leave…

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Getting to the truth by John Bolch

November 26, 2014 0 comments

family law

When a Court of Appeal judge starts their judgment by saying that the case does not give rise to any issues of principle I naturally think that it will not be worth my while continuing to read the judgment and move on to the next law report. Such was the case with Colborne v Colborne…

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Gay marriage bill to be introduced in Australia

November 26, 2014 0 comments

Australia, parliament, gay marriage

A bill which would make same-sex marriage legal in Australia will be introduced in the country’s Senate this week, reports suggest. It will be submitted by Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm. The Senate is one of two legislative bodies which make up the Australian Parliament. It is sometimes called the ‘upper house’. The Freedom to…

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Majority of students expect marriage by 30

November 25, 2014 1 comment

students, marriage

A majority of university students expect to be married by the time they turn 30, a new study suggests. They also expect to have a well-established career, a house of their own and a child by the time their twenties comes to an end. Researchers interviewed 1,423 students from across the country to discuss their…

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Sharia wills guidance withdrawn by Law Society

November 25, 2014 5 comments

Sharia

The Law Society has withdrawn controversial guidance on the drafting of Sharia-compliant wills. Introduced earlier this year, the guidance was designed to assist solicitors working with clients who wished to draw up wills in accordance with traditional Islamic religious law. But the note attracted criticism, with the Lawyers’ Secular Society (LSS) claiming that it concerned…

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