ECHR: courts must try and keep families together

March 31, 2016 0 comments

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Portuguese authorities breached the human rights of a mother when they took six of her ten children into care, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared. In Soares de Melo v. Portugal, the mother and her many children lived in straitened circumstances. Portuguese social workers first intervened in 2005, concerned that the children…

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Pitfalls for the litigant in person

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March 31, 2016 13 comments

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I wrote here on Tuesday about the plight of the litigant in person, who has to negotiate the family justice system without the help of proper legal advice and representation. It didn’t take me long to come across a case that clearly demonstrates the difficulties and pitfalls that a litigant in person can face. The…

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Government announces adoption law change

March 31, 2016 3 comments

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The government has announced plans to change the law in order to encourage adoption. Under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, family courts and adoption organisations are required to consider any existing relationships which the child in question may have with relatives, as well as “any such person the court considers relevant”. This section will…

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Child marriage remains common in Georgia

March 30, 2016 1 comment

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More than one thousand Georgian teenagers have married in the last two years, according to new government figures. Child marriage remains widespread in the Republic of Georgia, which lies in the Caucacus mountain region between eastern Europe and western Asia. In a recent report, the Public Defender’s Office reported a total of 1276 teenagers who…

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Scottish MPs consider family law review

March 30, 2016 1 comment

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A detailed review of Scottish family law may be needed, a committee of Scottish MPs has claimed. The Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament recently heard evidence from legal experts and interested parties on two aspects of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006: cohabitation rights and parental rights for unmarried fathers. The Act made a…

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Chinese artist stages marriage and divorce

March 30, 2016 0 comments

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A Chinese performance artist has persuaded a man and woman to marry and then divorce just days later. The couple posed with their marriage certificates at a registry office in Beijing this week. The event was organised by Wang Renzheng, who performs under the name Jianguo Xiongdi – ‘Brother Nut’. The 34 year-old staged the…

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