American LGBT activist criticises Australian gay marriage vote

November 2, 2016 0 comments

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A prominent American LGBT rights activist has criticised Australia’s proposed referendum on gay marriage. James Obergefell’s name became synonymous with the gay marriage push in the United States after the country’s Supreme Court ruled in its favour in Obergefell v. Hodges last year. Following the decision, he co-wrote a book entitled Love Wins in which…

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A bad advert for the child support system

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November 2, 2016 17 comments

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I have been around long enough to remember how child maintenance was dealt with by the courts prior to the advent of the child support system. I recall, in particular, walking down to the local magistrates’ court most Thursday mornings to argue the issue on behalf of mothers and fathers. That court-based system was certainly…

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Husband faces prison for Form E failure

November 2, 2016 4 comments

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A former husband faces the prospect of prison if he does not submit his Form E. Back in May, the man was ordered by a District Judge to submit this document before 8 July following his divorce. However, the deadline came and he failed to comply with this instruction. Form E is the comprehensive financial…

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Private investigators, adultery and divorce

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November 2, 2016 1 comment

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Private investigators are almost commonplace in popular culture. If one film or TV character suspects their spouse is up to no good, they call a PI. This invariably results in photographic evidence of their partner’s indiscretion, usually infidelity. But surely this isn’t the case in the real world, right? Actually, using a private investigator is…

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£10 million in new funding for care leavers

November 2, 2016 0 comments

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Around £10 million will be made available to care leavers over the next five years, a charitable organisation has announced. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation distributes grants intended to improve social welfare and the quality of life. It was established in 1961 by city investor Bruce Fairbairn in honour of his late wife. In a new…

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