Should children be seen as well as heard?

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November 30, 2015 0 comments

family law

Baroness Hale’s speech to the Association of Lawyers for Children Annual Conference 2015 It is a recurring topic in family law: should children involved in cases which affect their future be given the opportunity to directly take part in the proceedings? Since the Children Act 1989 it has, of course, been the case that, when…

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Divorce, modern lives and breakups

November 30, 2015 0 comments

Divorce & Splitting Up

Marilyn Stowe’s book – Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer –provides a detailed guide to all aspects of divorce. Now in its second edition, it is far more than a simple legal guide. The book also offers expert advice on personal matters ranging from adultery to exercise. In this extract, she…

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Government ‘still failing’ domestic violence victims

November 30, 2015 2 comments

domestic violence

The government is still failing to properly protect women from domestic violence, a new report claims. Campaign group End Violence Against Women (EVAW) said that there are still “critical frontline failings” in support for women, despite the progress made in the last decade. Funding for domestic violence services is still “precarious”, according to EVAW’s newly…

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Foster care ‘benefits education’

November 30, 2015 1 comment

children, education, family law

Children placed in foster care do better at school than those who are ‘in need’ but still living with their birth families, researchers claim. Academics from both Bristol and Oxford University analysed the GCSE results of 640,000 teenagers in England. Around 14,000 children living at home were classed as ‘in need’. There were around 6,000…

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Most Britons stay in bad relationships

November 30, 2015 2 comments

relationships, family law

A majority of Britons stay in bad relationships rather than confront their partners, a new study suggests. Polling company YouGov surveyed 2,031 British adults and found that 61 per cent of respondents admitted they had stayed in an unsatisfying relationship for longer than they should have. By contrast, only six per cent claimed they had…

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Adultery fuels divorce in Singapore

November 28, 2015 0 comments

Singapore, divorce, clean break

Adultery is a major driver of divorce in Singapore, even though few admit it in court. Only one per cent of divorce applications in the Asian city state cited adultery, while a full 25 per cent the respondents in a recent survey admitted that infidelity had caused marriages to fail. According to a report in…

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Councils see rise in emergency family spending

November 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

Local councils significantly increased spending on families in crisis under the coalition government, new research reveals. Under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, local authorities have a duty to provide assistance for children whose families are struggling. This comes in the form of payments for essential items, such as nappies. Although this provision was…

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Africa seeks to end child marriage

November 27, 2015 1 comment

family law

The African Union (AU) held its first ever summit to discuss ending child marriage in the region this week. Diplomats, United Nations officials and non-governmental organisations gathered in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. They will discuss how to change current cultural attitudes in some African nations which accept the practice. Around 14 million underage girls…

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