Poor children ‘ten times more likely to be taken into care’

February 28, 2017 1 comment

family life

Children who live in poor areas are a startling ten times more likely to be taken into care, according to new research. Working with social research organisation the Nuffield Foundation, academics from English, Scottish and Welsh universities examined the life histories of more than 35,000 children who were either in the care system or who…

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Sir James Munby pays tribute to his predecessor

February 28, 2017 0 comments

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Family Division President Sir James Munby has paid tribute to his predecessor in the role, Sir Nicholas Wall, who died earlier this month following a diagnosis of dementia. Echoing comments by the Family Law Bar Association, the President described Sir Nicholas as combining “great intellectual rigour with humanity and compassion”. He stressed Sir Nicholas’ long…

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Successful city trader seeks to cut husband’s payout

February 28, 2017 4 comments

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A successful city trader has appealed after a family court awarded her ex-husband £2.7 million. Maths graduate Julie Sharp, 44, made an estimated £6.9 million after a career successfully trading in the energy market, The Evening Standard reports. Specialising in coal trading, she and her IT consultant husband Robin lived a luxurious lifestyle with two…

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Bangladesh relaxes child marriage rules

February 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

The Bangladeshi Parliament has passed a controversial bill which relaxes the country’s rules on underage marriage. On Monday a provision was added to the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 which allows girls under 18 years old and boys under 21 to marry in “special circumstances”. However what these circumstances actually are has not been…

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Terminally ill bishop backs gay marriage

February 27, 2017 0 comments

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A high profile bishop in the Church of England has claimed the institution should move towards “full acceptance” of gay marriage. The Right Reverand John Wraw is Bishop of Bradwell in Essex. In a recent letter to parishioners he revealed that his cancer had become terminal but also stressed his determination to continue working as…

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Law must do more to help ‘outcast wives’

February 27, 2017 3 comments

family law

The law must be amended to better help “outcast wives”, a London charity insists. Women from Asia can be exploited and abandoned in the UK by husbands who merely use an arranged marriage agreement to secure a dowry payment. Once they have it, they simply leave their “outcast wives” stranded here with very few legal…

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The marriage that happened but was void

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February 27, 2017 3 comments

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To a layperson the difference between a ‘marriage’ that never happened and a marriage that is subsequently declared null and void from the start may seem to be of little or no consequence. After all, in either event there was no marriage. Why, then, would two people spend some £300,000 arguing over such an issue?…

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