A year in children’s law

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December 31, 2015 1 comment

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As we head towards the end of 2015 now is an appropriate time to reflect on developments in the ever changing landscape of family law over the last 12 months. The Children and Families Act 2014 has now been in force for some 20 months and practitioners and their clients have had a chance to…

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Colour your way through divorce

December 31, 2015 0 comments

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A divorced mother in Illinois has developed a colouring book for adults going through divorce. Sara Woodard-Ortiz lives in Danville, seat of Vermillion County in the Midwestern state. After separating from her husband, she searched the internet for resources to help her cope with the situation but was not impressed by what she found. She…

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Sharia courts in India support divorce for drug addiction

December 31, 2015 0 comments

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Sharia courts in the northern Indian city of Srinagar have attracted media attention after allowing local women to divorce their drug-addicted husbands. Srinagar is the capital of the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, which borders Pakistan and China. Nasirul Islam, meanwhile, is the Grand Mufti (senior scholar of religious law) for Kashmir. Speaking to…

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London council pioneers domestic violence support scheme

December 31, 2015 4 comments

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Harrow Council has launched a pilot scheme which will see violent couples participate in face-to-face therapy sessions. The authority has provided £200,000 in funding for the scheme, which aims to “break the cycle” of intimate partner violence and reduce future outbreaks via special counselling sessions in a “supportive environment”. One couple has already begun to…

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2015: change in the world of family finance

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December 30, 2015 0 comments

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As long as I have been in practice, each year has brought a new set of cases each with its own complexities which continue to make my job hugely rewarding. 2015 has been no different. As ever there have been a number of legislative changes. The Finance Act 2015 gave changes to Inheritance Tax and…

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Divorce and the rise of social media

December 30, 2015 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses the rise of social media and the affect it has had on divorce. Family lawyers are finding it difficult to ignore social media. Eight years ago, Friends Reunited was held responsible for…

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US couple told they cannot undo divorce

December 30, 2015 2 comments

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A couple from New Hampshire in the far north east of the United States have been told they cannot cancel their divorce. Terrie Harmon and Thomas McCarron officially divorced in July 2014 after no less than 24 years together but they have since reconciled and are now living together once more. In March this year,…

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Dutch woman can keep lottery winnings in divorce

December 30, 2015 0 comments

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A Dutch woman who won the lottery during her divorce has been told she can keep all of her winnings. In a judgment published this week, the Amsterdam District Court ruled that she had no obligation to share the 2.1 million euro (£1.5 million) prize as the couple had already agreed which assets were to…

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Drop in wives seeking early divorce

December 29, 2015 1 comment

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The number of wives seeking a divorce within five years of marriage has dropped over the last three decades, research indicates. According to campaign group the Marriage Foundation, women are over four times more likely to ask for a divorce during the first few years. However, the group’s research suggests that number has halved since…

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