Sir James Munby backs ban on domestic abuse cross examination

December 30, 2016 9 comments

family law

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has backed calls for a ban on people accused of domestic violence cross-examining their alleged victims in the family courts. Although this practice has been banned in criminal courts, it still occurs during family hearings when the accused person is an unrepresented litigant in person. Following a…

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26,000 seek domestic abuse advice from the BBC

December 30, 2016 1 comment

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The BBC Action Line service received 1,350 calls about domestic abuse during 2016, with a further 24,400 visiting BBC web pages on the topic the broadcaster has announced. Action Line offers “information and support for issues covered in our recent programmes”. Viewers are invited to phone in following dramas and documentaries highlighting sensitive and potentially…

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Same sex divorce can proceed, US court rules

December 30, 2016 0 comments

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A same sex couple can divorce in Pennsylvania, the State Superior Court has ruled after a lower court said it lacked the authority to end their union. Freyda Neyman and Florence Buckley entered a so-called ‘civil union’ in the north-eastern state of Vermont as long ago as 2002, PennLive reports. At the time, there was…

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Bearded men more attractive for long-term relationships

December 30, 2016 1 comment

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Men with beards are seen as more attractive prospects for a long-term relationship than their clean shaven peers. Researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, arrived at this conclusion following a study of 8,250 women. Each participant was given a series of photographs of men both with and without beards. They were asked…

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Unmarried men with pregnant girlfriends could face prison

December 29, 2016 1 comment

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Men in Myanmar who do not marry their pregnant girlfriends could end up facing up to seven years in prison. This rule is currently being considered by legislators in the south-Asian country formerly known as Burma. Politicians have also suggested a five-year prison sentence for men who do not marry their girlfriends after they have…

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Texas lawmaker seeks to end no fault divorce

December 29, 2016 2 comments

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A Texas politician wants to end the availability of ‘no fault divorce’ in his state. Under the current law, there six reasons Texans can choose to divorce without assigning blame to their spouse. If they do not go down the ‘no fault’ route, married couples in the so-called Lone Star State must cite one of…

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Minority children ‘struggle with social mobility’

December 29, 2016 8 comments

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Ethnic minority children find social mobility more difficult than white children despite doing better in school. This claim was made by the Social Mobility Commission (SMC), a publicly-sponsored advisory body, following the publication of their latest research on the subject. The SMC said there were “stark differences” in the opportunities available to different ethnic groups…

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Indian man divorces wife for giving him second daughter

December 28, 2016 0 comments

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A Indian villager in the northern state of Bihar divorced his wife after she gave birth to a second daughter. The man lived in the rural Nawada district, in the south of the state, 300 miles north-west of Calcutta. Angered by the appearance of another girl he promptly pronounced a triple talaq, a controversial practice…

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