Brazilian couple renew vows after 60 years together

September 30, 2017 0 comments

marriage

An elderly Brazilian couple who were married 60 years ago celebrated their diamond anniversary by renewing their vows. Dona and Seu Russo, from the metropolis of São Paulo, tied the knot back in 1957. Modest means meant a lavish wedding was out. Instead the young couple made do with a homemade wedding dress and a…

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A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that lawyers should embrace technology, as people increasingly expect to access services online. Speaking at the inaugural conference of YRes, Resolution’s network of family law professionals at the start of their careers, the President, whilst acknowledging that not every…

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Anglicans argue over gay marriage

September 29, 2017 1 comment

gay marriage

The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church faces sanctions from other Anglicans following its acceptance of same sex marriage. The Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex marriages ceremonies in churches by a huge majority over the summer, to the stern disapproval of believers in other countries who together making up the global ‘Anglican…

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More mothers in the workforce

September 29, 2017 25 comments

family life

Significantly more mothers are now employed than were earning only 11 years ago, the Office for National Statistics has revealed. In a fresh analysis of data from two existing surveys – the Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey, the ONS discovered that the percentage of mothers in paid employment now stands at 73.7…

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Homemade separation agreements are a bad idea

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September 28, 2017 3 comments

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I recall when I was practising occasionally coming across cases where, prior to consulting solicitors, the husband and wife had drawn up a written agreement purporting to set out an agreed financial/property settlement between them. Naturally, the parties (or at least one of them), would believe that the agreement was enforceable, setting in stone the…

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Family and friends ‘can be representatives in court’

September 28, 2017 2 comments

Court of Protection

Friends and family members may represent vulnerable people in Court of Protection proceedings, a Judge has ruled. The case concerned a “young” man, referred to as MSA, who has serious learning disabilities and is confined at home where he is cared for by his mother. These restrictions on his freedom of movement were formally authorised…

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Italian woman marries herself

September 28, 2017 1 comment

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A 40 year-old Italian woman has become the first in the country to marry herself. Fitness trainer Laura Mesi recently hosted a solo wedding ceremony complete with a three-tiered cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. She wore a white dress for the occasion. Among the food available to the guests was a watermelon which had the…

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Spotlight thrown on language development in children

September 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

More attention should be paid to how well young children acquire language, a charity has claimed. Language acquisition is a vital indication of a child’s overall wellbeing according to the Early Intervention Foundation – of similar importance to timely vaccinations and the avoidance of obesity. Trouble learning to speak is linked, they say, to significant…

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Civil partnerships rise for first time in years

September 27, 2017 0 comments

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The number of civil partnerships in the UK has risen for the first time in four years. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 890 civil partnerships were formed in 2016: 604 between male couples and 286 between female couples. This represents a modest but significant 3.4 per cent increase over…

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