Regular school absences at all-time low

March 30, 2015 1 comment

school, children, education

The number of children who regularly miss school has fallen to the lowest level on record, official figures reveal. Statistics from the Department for Education show that over the last year almost 200,000 fewer children were regularly absent than in 2010. This represents a drop of 46 per cent. The total number of school days…

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Gay marriage one year in: a rainbow year

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March 29, 2015 0 comments

gay marriage

It may be hard to believe, but the first same sex marriages took place a year ago today. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force at one minute past midnight on March 29, 2014, legislation hailed by most as a great step forward but condemned by others. According to the Office for National…

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26 week time limit ‘unlikely’ for all care cases

March 28, 2015 2 comments

children in care

The 26 week time limit introduced last year for care cases is unlikely to ever be achievable in all instances, the Ministry of Justice has admitted. The requirement that cases involving the placement of children in care be concluded within 26 weeks was introduced via the Children and Families Act in April 2014 in order…

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Father fails to prevent child’s relocation to Sweden

March 27, 2015 5 comments

Sweden, family law

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a British father’s bid to prevent his five year-old daughter’s relocation to Sweden. In Re B (Child) (Relocation: Sweden), the mother was born and raised in Sweden. In 2007, she moved to England and shortly thereafter began a relationship with the father. The couple moved in together in 2008…

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Divorcing Turk fined for saying ‘I don’t love you’

March 27, 2015 0 comments

divorce

A Turkish husband has been fined for telling his wife that he didn’t love her. The unnamed couple were going through an acrimonious divorce, the Daily Sabah reports. A family court in the south-eastern city of Şanlıurfa investigated alleged bad behaviour by the husband, including claims that he frequently abandoned his sick wife and that…

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Judge splits assets of reluctant husband

March 27, 2015 3 comments

finances and divorce

The High Court has split the assets of divorcing US couple despite the husband’s claim that the wife had broken a postnuptial agreement. In Gray v Work, the couple in question had been married since 1992. While the husband enjoyed a successful career with a private equity firm based in Texas, the wife become a…

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Government ‘must do more’ to protect children’s rights

March 27, 2015 1 comment

children

The government must do more to protect children’s rights, a committee of MPs has claimed. While the government has made some progress on the issue, in some areas its policies have been overtly detrimental, the Committee declared. In a new report examining the government’s record in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of…

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The will to change: deeds of variation

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March 26, 2015 1 comment

family life

Now the dust has settled on the recent budget, it’s worth taking a look at one issue that was subject to a lot of rumour. The actual measures announced turned out to be quite different to the speculation. When someone dies, inheritance tax (IHT) is charged on certain assets, at 40 per cent over what’s…

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