Senior judge criticises lack of legal aid for parents

October 31, 2014 1 comment

family law

The President of the Family Division has criticised the lack of legal aid for parents facing the possibility that their son will be adopted. While ruling on D (A Child), Sir James Munby said that he had to grapple with “the profoundly disturbing fact” that the boy’s parents could not afford to hire a lawyer,…

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Rise in children needing social services

October 31, 2014 0 comments

children, family law

Close to 11 per cent more children were referred to social services in the year to March than in the preceding 12 months, a government report reveals. A total of 657,800 children were referred over the 12 months, up from 593,500 the previous year. Close to a quarter of those referrals were made by the…

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Divorce study launched in Saudi Arabia

October 31, 2014 0 comments

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The government of Saudi Arabia has announced it will launch a new study on the growing divorce rate in the country. Surveys will be given to all men seeking a divorce, and they will not be issued one until they have filled it out. Questions will include how many marriages the husband has been in…

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Uncle and niece’s marriage legal, US court rules

October 30, 2014 2 comments

Albany, New York, marriage

The marriage between a man and his teenage niece has been ruled legal by the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, in state capital Albany, ruled that the marriage did not violate the state’s Domestic Relations Law. Despite this law stating that marriages between an “uncle and niece or an aunt and nephew”…

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Definitely not a dull day…

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October 30, 2014 0 comments

Buses

Family law reports, it seems, are like buses: you wait ages for one, and then several all arrive together. So it was on Tuesday of this week, when I came across no fewer than thirteen new reports. They gave a fair cross-section of what our courts (and, indeed, the European Court) deal with on a…

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National sperm bank opens in Birmingham

October 30, 2014 0 comments

family life

The UK’s first national sperm bank has opened in Birmingham, with funding from the Department of Health. Based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, the Women’s Fertility Centre forms the centrepiece of a campaign designed to encourage sperm donation and address a national shortage of donors. Demand for sperm has outstripped supply and significant quantities are now…

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Government hails troubled families programme

October 30, 2014 0 comments

family life

The government has hailed the latest results of its Troubled Families social welfare programme. Established in 2012, Troubled Families is a three year partnership scheme with local authorities across England designed to help families wrestling with such issues as antisocial behaviour, truancy and unemployment. There is a particular focus on the children of such families,…

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