Expertise and the arrogance trap

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August 31, 2017 2 comments

family law

Lawyers, as we all know, have a lot to say. Much of it, of course, is said with the aim of promoting themselves. But that is okay. After all, lawyers are business people, and have to earn a living. However, a great deal of what they say publicly is intended, or perhaps also intended, to…

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Yorkshire domestic violence help ‘at risk’

August 31, 2017 1 comment

family law

A Yorkshire centre which helps victims of domestic violence faces the prospect of closure due to budget cuts. Opening its doors more than 40 years ago, the Doncaster-based service has been told that the local council will not provide it with any further funding. This is not the first time the Doncaster office has been…

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America’s child marriage problem

August 31, 2017 2 comments

family law

More than 200,000 people under the age of 18 got married over a 15 year period in the United States. This has happened because individual state laws have too many provisions that allow child marriages to take place, according to a new report from violence victims’ charity the Tahirih Justice Center (TJC). Half of all…

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Children living with one parent ‘more stressed’

August 31, 2017 1 comment

family life

Children who live with one of their parents full-time experience more stress than those who split their time between both. Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden have suggested that spending so much time away from one parent can lead children to worry about them. The child can also lose out on time with other relatives…

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Indian Islamic schools to teach ‘correct’ divorce

August 30, 2017 0 comments

family law

Islamic schools in India will soon begin teaching boys the correct way to get a divorce. The Dargah-E-Ala Hazrat is a Muslim spiritual centre in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It also controls around 15,000 madrasas in the country. A senior cleric from the institution announced the lessons on divorce shortly after the Indian…

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Basic advice for litigants

August 30, 2017 2 comments

family law

Litigants involved in family court proceedings need all the help they can get, especially if they are one of the many who are no longer able to obtain legal representation following the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters. Accordingly, and with no disrespect intended to anyone, I thought I would write…

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Thailand offers women foreign marriage classes

August 30, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Thai government is now offering classes to women who want to marry a foreign spouse and move abroad. These courses will be offered by the country’s Social Development Ministry and comes in response to a growing acceptance of interracial marriage in Thailand. As a result, some women see such unions as an opportunity to…

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Foster care: council criticises ‘inaccurate’ reporting

August 30, 2017 2 comments

family law, media, news

The London borough of Tower Hamlets has criticised media reports of an ongoing foster care case involving a five year-old girl as “inaccurate”. Earlier this week The Times claimed the child, who came from a white Christian family, had been placed in the care of a Muslim family who spoke Arabic. According to the newspaper’s…

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Domestic violence: charity urges rename of Clare’s Law

August 30, 2017 6 comments

family law

A male domestic abuse charity has urged that a disclosure scheme known as “Clare’s Law” not be referred to by that name. Officially titled the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, Clare’s Law allows people to find out from the Police if their romantic partner has a history of violence. It was named after Clare Wood, who…

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IDS warns against relationship counselling cuts

August 29, 2017 2 comments

family law

Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned the government not to cut funding for relationship counselling. In an article written for the Conservative Home news site, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions called family breakdown an “enormous” problem facing the UK. He claimed that the cost of this issue “has been estimated…

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