Social workers are ‘marginalised’ in court

February 16, 2017 1 comment

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Work conducted by social workers before cases reach court is frequently ignored, a council has claimed. In a new report, Barking and Dagenham Council in East London claims reluctance to accept such work caused delays in care proceedings, blaming these for its failure to meet government-prescribed timetables. The report declares: “Work undertaken prior to a…

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Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Jennifer Williamson, a senior solicitor based in our Winchester office. “My son and daughter are both teenagers now and my son will be going off to university soon. How does that affect…

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Court of Appeal recognises Syrian marriage

February 16, 2017 0 comments

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The Court of Appeal has rejected a university lecturer’s claim that a marriage conducted in Syria was not legally valid. The case concerned a couple who split acrimoniously in 2013 after 14 years together, amidst accusations of infidelity and assault. They had one daughter. Later, as divorce proceedings began, they became embroiled in a legal…

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Children of older mothers are ‘more intelligent’

February 16, 2017 1 comment

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Children born to older mothers do better on intelligence tests than those born to younger women. Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) made this claim following their analysis of three British long-term studies: one from 1958, another from 1970 and one from 2001. During…

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A rare defended divorce has its day in court

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February 16, 2017 3 comments

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Update: some of our readers may have seen the original version of this post. That was partly based on information we received late on Wednesday from an apparently reputable source which nevertheless turned out to be incorrect. Our apologies for any confusion caused. After a relatively quiet start to 2017, some interesting family law cases…

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2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents

February 16, 2017 3 comments

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As many as 2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents in the UK, MPs and peers have claimed. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics insists that such youngsters are more likely to consider suicide, develop eating disorders or develop alcohol problems of their own.  This week, the group launched a manifesto in the…

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