Central London family court goes ‘paper free’

October 31, 2016 2 comments

family law

A central London family court room has successfully introduced new ‘paper free’ information technology. The London Borough of Southwark has rolled out special legal software called Digital Courtrooms, after a pilot of just six weeks. The custom software suite provides a way to digitalise elements of the court system which still function via printed paper…

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MPs to examine Sharia courts

October 31, 2016 2 comments

London, family law

A committee of MPs will begin an inquiry into the role of Sharia courts this week. On Tuesday, the first day of evidence gathering will be held by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee in the Thatcher Room of Portcullis House. The MPs hope to gain a better understanding of how Sharia courts…

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Heterosexual couple appeal against civil partnership rule

October 31, 2016 0 comments

relationships

A heterosexual couple will appeal against restrictions on civil partnerships in a legal appeal this week. Londoners Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan tried to enter one in 2004 but were turned away. They were told that only same sex couples have this option. They sought to challenge this restriction in the High Court but were…

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Children’s Commissioner proposes family hubs

October 31, 2016 3 comments

family life

Children’s centres should be replaced by ‘family hubs’ the Children’s Commissioner for England has proposed. Council-funded children’s centres provide a venue for the parents of children aged four and under to access advice and support, enjoy play sessions with the kids and meet other families. Their future is in doubt, however, with a delayed government…

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Care leaver charities to merge

October 30, 2016 0 comments

care leavers

Two of the largest charities to support care leavers have announced plans to merge. The Rees Foundation provides a variety of support and services to young people leaving the care system, many of whom remain vulnerable without the support of families or relatives.  The self-explanatory Care Leavers Foundation undertakes similar work, including the provision of…

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Lonely Korean men targeted by marriage scammers

October 29, 2016 4 comments

marriage

South Korean police have launched an international investigation following reports that internet scammers have defrauded men in the coastal city of Busan. The unmarried victims received messages claiming to be from American or British female medical officers looking to settle in Korea. They were liberally illustrated with photos apparently showing the women. Men who responded…

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Sperm donor sued for child support after 16 years

October 28, 2016 2 comments

child support

A gay man who donated sperm to help a friend conceive two children has been sued for child support 16 years later. The man originally met the mother at a Canadian medical school in the early 1990s and they became friends. After graduation he moved abroad while she remained in Canada. In 2000, by then…

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