Baroness Deech: divorce system sends wrong message to women

December 31, 2014 9 comments

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The current divorce system sends a “bad message” to young women, crossbench peer Baroness Deech has claimed, discouraging them from achievement on their own merits. Speaking to the Financial Times, the Baroness said this message was essentially: “Never mind about A-levels or a degree or taking the Bar course — come out and find a…

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Swedish mother allowed to return home with her child

December 30, 2014 2 comments

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The Swedish-born mother of a four year-old girl has been allowed to move to Sweden with her daughter despite the objections of the father. In NJ v OV, the girl’s parents met in London after the mother moved to the UK. The father was English, while she had a Finnish background. At the High Court,…

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Local council launches adoption text service

December 30, 2014 0 comments

A local council has launched a new text service which aims to give people who are thinking about adopting a child easier access to information. People considering either fostering or adoption can now text ‘FOSTER’ or ‘ADOPT’ to a designated number and they will receive a phone call from West Sussex County Council. This call…

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Unfilled social work jobs put children at risk

December 29, 2014 0 comments

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Children are being put at risk because a number of permanent social worker positions are unfilled, new figures indicate. A series of Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association have revealed that, nationally, 11 per cent of children’s social work jobs are vacant. This number is much higher in some local authorities. For example,…

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Vietnam set to lift gay marriage ban

December 29, 2014 1 comment

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The ban on same-sex marriage in Vietnam is set to be lifted when a law change comes into effect next year. Amendments to the country’s Law on Marriage and Family will take effect on 1 January 2015, replacing the previous rule which forbade marriages between members of the same sex. Despite the ban being lifted,…

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