‘Anti-gay’ baker seeks Supreme Court help

July 31, 2016 1 comment

family law

An American baker wants the United States Supreme Court to overturn a discrimination ruling against him. In 2012, the Colorado man refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. He had said that same sex marriage was against his religious beliefs as a Christian. The couple then filed a complaint with the state’s…

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High Court returns radicalised teen to family

July 30, 2016 1 comment

family law

A 16 year-old girl who became “fully radicalised” should be returned to her family, the High Court has ruled. The teenager, ‘B’, was taken into care by Tower Hamlets Council in London last year. The previous December, she had attempted to travel to Syria in order to join extremist group ISIS. She was thwarted by…

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Bankruptcy, reporting abuse and more

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July 29, 2016 1 comment

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A week in family law These are the highlights of another busy week in the world of family law: The first ever annual statistics on the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (‘FGM’) in England have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The statistics show that there were 5,700 newly recorded cases…

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Determined Australian woman pursues financial claims

July 29, 2016 2 comments

divorce, family law

An Australian woman’s claim for additional financial support from her ex-husband is to proceed, despite several previous dismissals. In MG v FG, the woman met the English husband in 2004, marrying him two years later in Sydney. They then set up home in England but split after just 16 months, following  the birth of their…

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Court of Protection extends public access

July 29, 2016 1 comment

family law, media, news

A Court of Protection public access pilot scheme has been extended. It was originally scheduled to run from 29 January to 31 July this year but Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has this week extended it until 31 August 2017. Before the scheme began, cases before the Court were usually held in private,…

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Supreme Court holds up ‘named person’ service

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July 28, 2016 0 comments

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The UK Supreme Court has help up the Scottish government’s ‘named person’ service. The scheme was proposed by the majority Scottish National Party (SNP). It allocates a ‘named person’ such as a teacher or NHS worker for everyone under 18 years old in Scotland. Such people would be responsible for the wellbeing of the children…

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Child maintenance system under scrutiny

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July 28, 2016 5 comments

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One would have hoped that, 25 years since its inception, the child support/maintenance system would at last have evolved into something that worked smoothly and did not require constant monitoring. Sadly, the history of the system has shown it staggering from one crisis to another, despite the almost continual tinkering by successive governments, desperate to…

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Divorced man faces jail after refusing to leave home

July 28, 2016 0 comments

divorce

A man who has been ordered to sell his Cumbrian farmhouse faces jail after barricading himself inside. The 49 year-old former helicopter pilot was initially ordered to leave the house, near Appleby in Cumbria, in 2012 so it could be sold in divorce proceedings following a split from his now ex-wife. The sale was intended…

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