A week in family law: marriage, divorce and more

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April 29, 2016 0 comments

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It’s been a busy week for family law news, with stories ranging from marriage to divorce, and beyond. Here are the highlights. The first two stories emanated from Resolution, the association of family lawyers, which held its annual conference in Gateshead last weekend: Firstly, Nigel Shepherd, the association’s new national chair, used his first speech…

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Ministers argue over membership of the ECHR

April 29, 2016 2 comments

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Justice Secretary Michael Gove has insisted that Britain should remain a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights despite leading the campaign to leave the European Union. Gove, who became Justice Secretary last year following the Conservative election victory, endorsed comments by Justice Minister Dominic Raab, a former international lawyer. The latter, Tory MP…

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Essex man admits bigamy

April 29, 2016 2 comments

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An Essex man has admitted to bigamy after his wife discovered he was married to someone else. The man’s wife had become suspicious that her husband was still married shortly after their wedding in September. She hired a private investigator who found out that her husband had been married for 11 years before the couple’s…

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Women with unfaithful partners benefit long-term

April 29, 2016 9 comments

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Women whose partners are unfaithful actually benefit from the experience in the long run, a new study suggests. Researchers from University College London and Binghamton University in New York State conducted an anonymous online survey of 5,705 people across 96 countries, asking them questions about their happiness levels before, during and after a breakup. The…

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Conviction for ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’

April 28, 2016 4 comments

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the conviction of a 21 year-old for ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour. The man received six months in prison at Liverpool Magistrates Court for breaching Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act, which came into force at the end of last year and made such behaviour  in an “intimate…

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Isle of Man approves gay marriage

April 28, 2016 0 comments

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The Isle of Man has approved a bill to legalise gay marriage. The island in the Irish Sea is not officially part of the United Kingdom but is a ‘crown dependency’ which is responsible for its own laws. Its parliament, the ‘High Court of Tynwald’, is made up of two chambers: the elected House of…

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Doctors argue against treatment for toddler

April 28, 2016 0 comments

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Future medical treatment of a mentally disabled toddler should be limited to a palliative care, doctors have told the High Court. They claim that the unnamed two year-old is “profoundly neurologically disabled”, does not giggle when tickled and is “largely unresponsive”. Restricting future treatment to the relief of pain and discomfort would be in his…

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