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Divorce rates drop by close to half in Gulf state

May 27, 2015 0 comments

Bahrain, divorce

The divorce rate in the Gulf state of Bahrain has plunged by 47 per cent in four years, new figures reveal. According to a study conducted by the country’s Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry, 500 of 6,344 couples who married in Bahrain during 2014 had divorced by the end of the year: a rate…

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The global impact of Ireland’s gay marriage vote

May 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

The impact of Ireland’s gay marriage referendum is being felt in countries around the world. On Friday, the country became the first in the world to legalise same sex marriage by public vote as a referendum on the matter was overwhelmingly won by the ‘Yes’ campaign. In the days since the result was announced, politicians…

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A small ray of light is extinguished by John Bolch

May 27, 2015 1 comment

legal aid

There have been various efforts by various people to plug the gap in legal advice and representation caused by the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters in April 2013. One of the more ingenious came from the very top when the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby decided that…

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Mother responsible for injuries to toddler

May 27, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The mother of a two year old boy caused bruising and other injuries, a family court has ruled. East Sussex County Council v BH & Others concerned ‘BT’, who was born in October 2012. The county council launched proceedings in September last year after the toddler suffered bruising on three occasions. Bite marks were also…

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Father’s bid for return of daughter to Germany fails

May 27, 2015 0 comments

Germany, family law

A Guinean father living in Germany has failed to get his nine year-old daughter back from the UK. The girl’s parents were in a relationship between 2005 and 2008. They lived together in Stade, a city in north Germany close to Hamburg, but never married. Their daughter, identified in the judgment as ‘AM’, was the…

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Spouse personality effects workplace success, study finds

May 27, 2015 0 comments

family life

Your husband or wife’s personality can influence your success in the workplace, a recently published study has found. Researchers from Washington University in St Louis conducted tests on 5,000 married people aged between 19 and 89. Around 75 per cent of the respondents lived or had lived in homes in which both spouses worked. The…

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Ireland says yes to gay marriage

May 26, 2015 0 comments

gay marriage

The Republic Ireland has become the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote. The national referendum held on Friday attracted more than two and half million votes – an impressive turnout of 60.5 per cent. No less than 62 per cent voted in favour of gay marriage:  a total of…

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Second class litigants by John Bolch

May 26, 2015 3 comments

legal aid

From 1949 until 2013, including the entire time I was practising, we essentially had a system of equal family justice in this country. No matter how poor you were, the state would ensure that you had access to proper legal advice and representation. All that was swept away on 1 April 2013, when the Legal…

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McKenzie friend banned from court indefinitely

May 26, 2015 1 comment

family law

The High Court has banned a man who acted as a McKenzie friend in several family law cases after several aggressive outbursts. Former bouncer Nigel Baggaley was the “moving spirit behind two limited liability companies that provide legal advice and legal services” despite his admission that he had “no relevant professional training or qualifications”. Last…

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Boy removed from devout Jehovah’s Witness

May 26, 2015 7 comments

fostering and adoption

A seven year old boy has been removed from the care of his devout Jehovah’s Witness mother after a judge ruled that her beliefs had caused him emotional harm. The boy had been described by a teacher as “very confused”, and “one of the most worrying children in our school”. The boy, identified in the…

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