Irish divorce law to be re-examined

December 24, 2015 1 comment

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The four year waiting period for divorce currently required under Irish law is to be re-examined. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said it was time to consider a cut in the lengthy separation period required of couples living in the Republic before they can finally divorce. It will be the first time the Irish…

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People living alone are thinner

December 23, 2015 0 comments

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People who live alone are generally thinner than those who are married or living with a partner, according to new research. Using data from over 3,000 people over a 20 year period, an academic from Western Washington University used a long-term study to track the Body Mass Index (BMI) of participants and compared the results…

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Court rejects bid to move to New York with children

December 23, 2015 6 comments

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The French-born mother of two teenagers should not be given permission to relocate with them to New York, the Court of Appeal has ruled. In the latest round of a lengthy legal dispute, the mother had initially been refused permission in July to move to the American city from London with the two boys, aged…

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A majority of couples ‘have considered divorce’

December 23, 2015 1 comment

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A majority of couples have considered divorcing their spouse according to new findings. A team led by Dr Alan Hawkins of Brigham Young University in Utah polled 3,000 people across the US aged between 25 and 50 who had been married for a minimum of one year, asking whether the couples in question had ever…

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Government orders sharia court review

December 23, 2015 16 comments

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Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a review of traditional Islamic ‘sharia’ courts. Speaking to the parliamentary Home Affairs Committee, she said the enquiry would focus on whether or not these informal community courts ever issue rulings incompatible with English law, stressing that it would be unacceptable for any to do so. She declared: “I…

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Government tables new funding for post-adoption support

December 23, 2015 0 comments

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Money made available to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) launched in May will increase next year, the Department for Education has said. The Fund was established in £19 million in funding to help councils pay for a range of therapies and support to help adopted children settle into lives with new families, as many suffer…

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Cohabitation offers similar emotional benefits to marriage

December 22, 2015 0 comments

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Women experience the same drop in “emotional distress” from cohabiting as they do from marriage according to new research. Academics at Ohio State University analysed data from a national social survey to look at the different ways men and woman experienced the start of living together with a new partner and marriage. They concluded that…

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Latvian girl to be adopted in England

December 22, 2015 0 comments

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The adoption of a seven year old Latvian child must proceed, the High Court has ruled. In Re CB (A Child), the girl in question, referred to as ‘CB’, had been born in England but held Latvian citizenship because her parents were from the Baltic country, although her father had no involvement in her life….

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