Step parents and the law: Marilyn Stowe talks

July 20, 2016 12 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Earlier today I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the legal status of step parents. Life as a step parent can be very challenging: get it even slightly wrong and you could face resentment from all quarters: from your spouse, from the children’s other biological parent and of course, from the children…

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Outdated gay marriage legislation to be repealed?

July 20, 2016 0 comments

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Two openly gay legislators in Virginia have filed bills to repeal outdated prohibitions on gay marriage within the historic east coast state. Despite a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court in June last year legalising gay marriage across the United States, Virginia has retained statutes prohibiting same sex marriage within state lines, although they are…

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Transgender people in Pakistan question marriage fatwa

July 20, 2016 0 comments

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Transgender people in Pakistan have questioned a recent declaration recognising their right to marry. The fatwa (religious declaration), issued by senior clerics last month, said both male-to-female and female-to-male transgender people should be  allowed to marry as long as they showed “visible signs” of their new gender. They were also fully entitled to Islamic funerals…

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More babies born to over 40s than under 20s

July 20, 2016 0 comments

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More babies are born to women over the age of 40 than to women under 20. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed there were 697,852 babies born in England and Wales in 2015. Out of every 1,000 of these, just over 15 births were to women older than 40. By contrast,…

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Arbitration scheme extended to disputes involving children

July 20, 2016 7 comments

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Arbitration is now available in family disputes concerning children. As the name suggests, the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) promotes the use of arbitration, a legally binding form of mediation which is conducted by a legal professional. Arbitration has been available for family law disputes since 2012 for financial disputes, but the new ‘Family…

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