Largest church in Norway backs gay marriage

January 31, 2017 0 comments

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The largest church in Norway has voted in favour of changes allowing clerics to conduct same sex marriage ceremonies. The Lutheran Church of Norway – Den Norske Kirke – is the professed religion of nearly 75 per cent of Norwegians and the former state faith. It is now also known as the People’s Church (Folkekirken)….

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Children prefer pets to their brothers and sisters

January 31, 2017 2 comments

family law

Some children have better relationships with their pets than they do with their brothers and sisters, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Cambridge surveyed 12 year-olds from 77 families with at least one household pet. The children reported more positive emotions about their experiences with their pets than they did for…

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A litany of procedural defects

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January 31, 2017 0 comments

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Sometimes it can be surprising just how far a case can stray from the procedural requirements designed to ensure fairness to the parties. I briefly mentioned the case Iqbal v Iqbal in my weekly review here last Friday, but I think the matters that arose in the case were so serious as to merit a…

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Transgender woman ‘can’t see children’ court rules

January 31, 2017 6 comments

family life

A transgender woman should not be allowed to see her children, a family court judge has ruled, because her status could lead to ostracism by an Orthodox Jewish community. The male-to-female transgender woman is thought to be the first to leave the Haredi community following her conversion. Haredim  (also spelled Charedim) make up a loosely…

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People responsible for parents ‘as much as children’

January 31, 2017 1 comment

family law

Adults have as much responsibility for the care of their parents as they do for their children, a government minister claims. This week Care Minister David Mowat told the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee that people “need to start thinking as a society about how we deal with care of our own parents”. He…

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Church ‘should not drop opposition to gay marriage’

January 31, 2017 3 comments

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The Church of England should not drop its opposition to gay marriage, a new report suggests. There is “little support” for an official change in the Church’s stance according to The House of Bishops, who published the document. This is a group of 50 senior officials who make up one of the three divisions of…

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Vermont judges shy away from major alimony reform

January 30, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

Judges in the small north-eastern state of Vermont have shied away from major alimony reform, to the disappointment of campaigners. In a new report, the Family Division Oversight Committee of the state’s Supreme Court recommends new guidelines and procedures on financial settlements and alimony ( normally referred to in the UK as spousal maintenance). The…

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Baroness Deech’s Divorce Bill in her own words

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January 30, 2017 4 comments

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I think we can all agree that our nearly 50 year-old divorce laws need updating, even if we can’t agree exactly how to do so. Unfortunately, since the debacle that was the Family Law Act 1996, an ill-fated and ultimately aborted attempt to introduce no-fault divorce, the Government has consistently shied away from the effort…

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Baroness Deech bill passes second reading

January 30, 2017 0 comments

House of Lords, family law

The private member’s bill tabled by crossbench peer Baroness Deech has passed its second reading in the House of Lords. The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill will now proceed to committee stage. The first reading took place in May last year. The bill would amend ageing divorce legislation the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, specifically section 25…

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