First ‘Pastafarian’ wedding held in New Zealand

April 18, 2016 0 comments

family law

A couple in New Zealand became the first to marry in a ‘Pastafarian’ ceremony this week. Toby Ricketts, a British voiceover artist, married New Zealander Marianna Fenn after four years together. The ceremony was held on a boat decorated to look like a pirate ship, the couple wore full pirate costumes and the guests wore…

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Australian divorce ‘top up’ rejected

April 18, 2016 4 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has refused an Australian women permission to pursue a bid for a larger settlement following her Australian divorce. The wife had claimed that she had been left in a “precarious” financial position after she divorced her husband, a barrister who worked in London. When the couple divorced in Australia, the husband…

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‘Families are in crisis’ claims pope

April 18, 2016 0 comments

family life

Modern families are “in crisis” claimed the Pope during a recent impromptu discussion with journalists. When flying back from a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, the Pontiff spoke to journalists accompanying him on the flight. A reporter from prominent French newspaper Le Figaro asked why the issues surrounding divorce in the Catholic Church…

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Lesbian parents experience more stress

April 18, 2016 3 comments

family life

Women in lesbian relationships experience more parental stress than straight couples. A new study from the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) suggested that such women could feel they are under a “cultural spotlight”. Dr Nanette Gartrell, a visiting scholar at the Institute and co-author of the research, said that “lesbian…

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Divorce and the danger of false hope

April 18, 2016 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she talks about the different kinds of divorce and how dangerous it can sometimes be to hold out hope for reconciliation. In human and emotional terms, divorce cases can be divided up into three categories: amicable,…

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