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Spousal maintenance: High Court rules on jurisdiction

January 27, 2015 0 comments

jurisdiction, habitual residence

A High Court judge has ruled that England and Wales has jurisdiction in a financial settlement case involving several countries. In AA v BB, a Kosovo-born couple with four children had divorced after approximately 20 years of marriage. During their marriage they had relocated to Slovenia. In 2008, the mother and children moved to England…

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Gay adoption on the rise

January 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

The number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples rose significantly last year, according to official figures. The Department for Education revealed that 330 children were adopted by same sex couples in 2014. Of those, 180 were adopted by male couples and 150 were adopted by female couples. These numbers are almost three times…

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Stowe Family Law on the future of care

January 26, 2015 0 comments

residential care

There are now 11.2 million people in the UK over the age of 65 and this will rise quickly as more and more of us survive beyond the age of 85. The fact that most us now live longer on average is good news of course, but is adequate funding and care support available for…

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Nearly £3 billion in child maintenance classed as ‘uncollectable’

January 26, 2015 1 comment

child maintenance

The government has classified £2.9 billon of £3.9 billion in child maintenance arrears as “uncollectable”, Radio 5 Live reports. The arrears relate to family cases handled by the soon-to-be-phased-out Child Support Agency (CSA). The huge sum came to light parliamentary accounts prepared by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which insisted that these arrears…

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Siblings separated in care

January 26, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Close to 40 per cent of children with brothers or sisters do not live with them once they enter the care system, new research suggests. According to a report by charity the Family Rights Group, close to 40 per cent of such children have been separated from all their siblings. When sibling groups themselves are…

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Clare’s Law sees 3,760 domestic violence enquiries made

January 26, 2015 0 comments

litigants in person

More than 3,760 requests for information about domestic violence have been made since the implementation of ‘Clare’s Law’ last year. According to figures obtained by the Press Association, over 1,335 of such requests led to a disclosure. The numbers were gathered using a series of Freedom of Information requests. However, as three police forces did…

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