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Louisiana denies gay couples domestic violence protection

May 29, 2017 0 comments

family law

Lawmakers in the southern state of Louisiana have rejected a bill which would give domestic violence protection to same sex couples. The so-called ‘Bayou State’ is one of only two states in the country which limits such protection to people in heterosexual relationships. The other is South Carolina. House Bill 223 (HB223) was supposed to…

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Woman ‘married at gunpoint’ returns home

May 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

An Indian woman who was forced to marry a Pakistani man has returned home. The woman, who has only been identified as ‘Uzma’, crossed the border from Pakistan into India at the village of Wagah on Thursday, under the escort of officials from the Indian High Commission. She had been taken to the village by…

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Couple ‘devastated’ after surrogate baby DNA shock

May 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

A gay couple in the Netherlands are “devastated” after they had to return a baby girl they thought was their surrogate daughter following a DNA test. Arnout Janssen and Stefano Franke desperately wanted to have children so they sought out a surrogate. Last year they found a woman online who was willing to carry their…

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Transparency, cross-examination and more

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May 26, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter. He claims to have run up costs of half a million pounds, and says that dozens of hearings have taken place before numerous judges, but every hearing has been held in private…

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Bullying mother ‘intimidated’ doctors

May 26, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

A “lively” and “zany” teenage boy has been taken into care after his parents fabricated medical symptoms and subjected him to years of unnecessary medical treatment. The 15 year-old boy who has been made the subject of an interim care order. ‘H’ has spent significant periods of his life in hospital receiving various kinds of…

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A badly handled divorce can impact child’s health

May 26, 2017 3 comments

family law

Children’s health can suffer if their parents do not handle divorce well, new research suggests. While previous studies have found a link between parental divorce and ill-health in children, Spanish academics claim it is not the divorce itself which is the real problem. When a couple bring their marriage to an end, “improper handling of…

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24 million children ‘at risk’

May 26, 2017 0 comments

family law

The safety and welfare of as many as 24 million children is at risk thanks to several bitter conflicts raging across the Middle East and Africa. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the dangers extend beyond bombs and bullets to disease and famine. Speaking to NPR, regional director Geert Cappelaere cited Yemen which faces…

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Charlie Gard’s parents lose their appeal

May 25, 2017 4 comments

family life

The parents of a chronically ill baby have lost their appeal against a ruling that doctors may cease treatment. Last month Mr Justice Francis ruled that medical staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London could legally stop providing life support to nine month-old Charlie Gard. His name – along with that of his parents…

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The broken record of commenting

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May 25, 2017 14 comments

family law

As regular readers may be aware, I generally don’t respond to comments on my posts here. In fact, I don’t generally read comments, finding that it is not a very productive use of what little spare time I have available. I do, however, dip my toes into those murky waters from time to time, and…

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