Indian wife brought angry crowd to husband’s house

August 31, 2015 1 comment

divorce

An Indian woman who summoned hundreds of people to her husband’s house to chant slogans about him has been found guilty of harassment. The husband had already been granted a divorce by a family court in Mumbai after judges accepted that his wife had made groundless allegations and false complaints about him, but they rejected…

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Children’s centres ‘could help lonely parents’

August 30, 2015 0 comments

family life

Children’s centres could help isolated and lonely parents, a charity has suggested. Children’s charity Action for Children reported earlier this week that, in a poll of 2,000 parents, close to a quarter reported regularly feeling socially isolated and lonely. Now Action for Children managing director Jan Leightley has suggested that drop-in children’s centres could play…

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Shared laughter sign of good relationship

August 29, 2015 0 comments

relationships

Sharing regular laughs with a romantic partner is a sign that the relationship will last, social psychologists have claimed. A team from the University of North Carolina gathered 77 heterosexual couples. Each of the 154 respondents had been in a relationship for at least four years. They were asked to tell the story of how…

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Third of UK babies born to foreign mothers

August 28, 2015 0 comments

family life

Foreign mothers gave birth to almost one in three of all babies born in the UK last year. Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that 187,610 children with foreign mothers were born in the country in 2014. This represents 27 per cent of all births. According to the ONS,…

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President outlines reasons in medical treatment case

August 28, 2015 0 comments

family law

Senior family law judge Sir James Munby has published a judgment outlining his reasons for a judgement which authorised withholding treatment from a seriously ill baby. Re Jake concerned a boy born in July last year with an array of significant health problems. These included severe epilepsy, disturbed movement, difficulty sleeping and problems swallowing food….

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Catholics petition Pope over gay people and divorce

August 28, 2015 2 comments

Catholic Church, family law

Half a million Catholics have signed a petition calling for Pope Francis to publicly denounce divorced and gay people. Signatories to the petition included archbishops and senior cardinals. It stated that the Pope should “clarify the growing confusion amongst the faithful” at a Vatican synod in October. American conservative Catholic organisation TFP Student Action launched…

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Former Australian PM changes mind on gay marriage

August 28, 2015 0 comments

gay marriage

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has expressed support for gay marriage, abandoning her earlier opposition. The former Labor Party Premier, who left office in 2013, declined to legalise same sex marriage during her three years in office, and voted against a private member’s bill which would have recognised such unions. She did however allow…

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Costs in family law: formulas vs flexibility

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August 27, 2015 3 comments

finances and divorce

In today’s edition of The Times, veteran solicitor Maggie Rae explores the sometimes contentious issue of costs in family law cases. As she rightly points out, solicitors in England and Wales traditionally charge for their services by time spent, and of course, in lengthy, complex cases this can result in large bills. It is the…

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