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Supreme Court holds up ‘named person’ service

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July 28, 2016 0 comments

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The UK Supreme Court has help up the Scottish government’s ‘named person’ service. The scheme was proposed by the majority Scottish National Party (SNP). It allocates a ‘named person’ such as a teacher or NHS worker for everyone under 18 years old in Scotland. Such people would be responsible for the wellbeing of the children…

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Child maintenance system under scrutiny

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July 28, 2016 0 comments

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One would have hoped that, 25 years since its inception, the child support/maintenance system would at last have evolved into something that worked smoothly and did not require constant monitoring. Sadly, the history of the system has shown it staggering from one crisis to another, despite the almost continual tinkering by successive governments, desperate to…

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Divorced man faces jail after refusing to leave home

July 28, 2016 0 comments

divorce

A man who has been ordered to sell his Cumbrian farmhouse faces jail after barricading himself inside. The 49 year-old former helicopter pilot was initially ordered to leave the house, near Appleby in Cumbria, in 2012 so it could be sold in divorce proceedings following a split from his now ex-wife. The sale was intended…

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Husband’s employment status affects divorce chances

July 28, 2016 0 comments

family law

Husbands who do not have a full-time job are more likely to face divorce, a new study suggests. Researchers from Harvard University analysed data from a 46-year period which featured more than 6,300 married couples in the United States. Sociology professor Alexandra Killewald was the lead author of the study. She found that over the…

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UK neglecting migrant children, peers claim

July 28, 2016 0 comments

family life

The UK and other EU member states have neglected the welfare of unaccompanied migrant children, MPs have claimed. In a newly published report, the European Union Committee of the House of Lords claims that children sent into the EU without their parents or families have been “systematically let down”. As a result, they are left…

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Help for families with children at risk of radicalisation

July 27, 2016 0 comments

family law

Help is now available for parents who are worried their children may be radicalised and adopt extremist views. The NSPCC has launched the UK’s first national service for such families with funding from the government. The charity’s counsellors will be available 24 hours a day and have been given specialist training to spot warning signs…

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Divorcing a narcissist

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July 27, 2016 5 comments

marriage

At what point is a marriage truly over? In law a divorce can occur only when the marriage has irretrievably broken down. What happens, though, if you’ve reached that stage but your husband or wife refuses to let go? Do you just keep going, continuing a relationship you know is doomed, hoping against hope that…

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Baby ‘abandoned’ by eccentric parents

July 27, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A baby was abandoned by eccentric parents who refused to register his birth, a family court judge has concluded. In Re A Child, Southampton City Council applied for care and placement orders. The parents failed to attend court, having previously sacked their solicitors. In the Portsmouth Family Court, Her Honour Judge Black explained: “I am…

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