Supreme Court denies Scottish council parental responsibility

March 1, 2017 1 comment

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The Supreme Court has unanimously denied a Scottish local authority’s petition to assume parental responsibility for a three year-old girl. West Lothian Council took the child into care shortly after her birth and sought a ‘permanence order’. In Scotland, these orders eliminate a parent’s right to live with their child and give local authorities permission…

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Getting married abroad

March 1, 2017 1 comment

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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 Angela Sussens, a Partner in our Leeds office. “My friend is planning to marry a lady from Thailand in her country and then settling back in England with her. How do we…

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Italian gay couple named parents

March 1, 2017 2 comments

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In a ground-breaking court case, a gay couple in Italy have both been officially named the parents of two surrogate children. This marks the first time that an Italian court has ruled that a child has two fathers. Judges at the Court of Appeal in the northern city of Trento ruled that both men should…

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Mothers lose sleep, fathers don’t

March 1, 2017 0 comments

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Women suffer from a lack of sleep after they have children far more than men do. Researchers from Georgia Southern University have suggested that while fathers’ sleep is not affected by the presence of children in the house, mothers are not so lucky. This claim was based on a survey of more than 5,800 adults….

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