Indonesian clerics call for child marriage ban

April 30, 2017 0 comments

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A group of female clerics in Indonesia have called for an end to child marriage in the south Asian country. This week the clerics issued a fatwa against the practice and demanded that minimum age for girls to marry be raised from 16 to 18 years old. This is a ruling on a point of…

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Foreigners warned about Japanese ‘divorce by agreement’

April 29, 2017 1 comment

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Foreigners married to Japanese citizens have been warned that they could be divorced without their consent. A group of lawyers, university lecturers and cultural organisations called Rikon Alert has published a leaflet in 11 languages explaining the unique nature of the Japanese divorce system. It warns foreigners who are married to Japanese people but who…

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Couple plan divorce for shared girlfriend’s benefit

April 28, 2017 1 comment

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A married couple in the United States are planning to divorce in order to give their shared girlfriend legal rights as a parent. Benno and Cristina Kaiser have been married for 12 years. They met while serving in the US Military Police Corps in Virginia and have since had three children. At some point in…

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A Bill, a divorce and more

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April 28, 2017 2 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The first story I want to mention may, ultimately, be nothing more than one of delay, rather than anything more significant. The Prisons and Courts Bill has been dropped, ahead of the dissolution of Parliament in the run-up to the general election. Amongst other provisions the Bill would have allowed…

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Algeria routinely ‘fails’ domestic violence victims

April 28, 2017 1 comment

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Authorities in Algeria routinely fail to protect victims of domestic violence, a human rights organisation has claimed. A recently published report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details several disturbing examples of people in the North African nation being abused and receiving no legal help whatsoever. One of those instances involved a husband reportedly punching his…

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Indian man celebrates divorce by giving away dessert

April 27, 2017 1 comment

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A man in the western Indian state of Gujarat celebrated his divorce by giving away mulitple boxes of a popular Indian dessert. Rinkesh Rachchh, 26, lives in Rajkot, in central Gujarat. He was married for a single year before the relationship ended, the Deccan Chronicle reports, but it took him two years of legal wrangling…

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The narrative of victimhood

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April 27, 2017 18 comments

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“The victim stance is a powerful one. The victim is always morally right, neither responsible nor accountable and forever entitled to sympathy.”  – Dr Ofer Zur, “The Psychology of Victimhood” As I said here just the other day, many of those who feel hard done by by the family justice system like to think it’s…

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