Scotland outlaws forced marriage

September 30, 2014 0 comments

finances and divorce

Forced marriage is now illegal in Scotland, three months after the practice was outlawed in England and Wales. Members of the Scottish Parliament approved the Westminster legislation, bringing it into force north of the border today, The Courier reports. Guidance on the new legislation will be published later this week. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and…

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Italian court overturns recognition of same-sex marriage

September 30, 2014 0 comments

The Italian Court of Appeal has overturned legal recognition of a same-sex marriage. Joseph Chigiotti and Stefano Bucci married in New York in 2012. However, the marriage was not recognised by an official in the city of Grosseto in the central region of Tuscany. In response, the couple sued Grosseto city hall seeking recognition. The…

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Some common sense about transparency

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September 30, 2014 3 comments

family life

As I said here in this post, ‘transparency’ is one of the buzzwords of the moment. The rationale behind the current ‘transparency drive’ is to counter the allegation that the family courts operate “a system of secret and unaccountable justice”, and the primary area of concern over secrecy is, of course, proceedings relating to children….

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Couples who meet online more likely to break up

September 29, 2014 0 comments

Relationships

Couples who meet online are less likely to marry and more likely to split up, a new study suggests. Researcher Aditi Paul from the Department of Communication at Michigan State University examined data from an earlier study. This had surveyed the relationship history of 4,002 US adults in four successive years. Aditi Paul analysed the…

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Vilified for going to court

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September 29, 2014 4 comments

children and divorce

These days anyone in the government who says anything about family justice must, of course, ensure that they promote the virtues of mediation. True to form, last Wednesday Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes did just that. He was talking to the Family Mediators Association, so he knew he was on safe ground and that his…

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Irish government abandons surrogacy plans

September 29, 2014 0 comments

family law

The Irish government has postponed plans to reform its surrogacy laws, according to new media reports. The government of Taoiseach Enda Kenny had planned to ban commercial surrogacy and introduce greater clarity for children born through surrogacy, as provisions within the forthcoming Children and Family Relationships Bill. Published earlier this year, this wide-ranging piece of…

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