Australia appoints family court judge close to retirement

October 11, 2017 1 comment

Australia, family law

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has raised eyebrows in legal circles by appointing a new Chief Justice for the Family Courts who is just 14 months away from mandatory retirement age. Former family law judge John Pascoe, 68, is Chief Judge of the national Federal Circuit Court. He will take up the mantle of Chief Justice…

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Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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Teen brothers to live with wealthy father in Switzerland

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The teenage sons of a wealthy Russian industrialist should be allowed to move to Switzerland to live with him despite their mother’s reluctance, the High Court has ruled. The boys in question were aged 15 and 13. Unsurprisingly their mother, with whom they’d been living, opposed the idea of the brothers moving to Switzerland. In…

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Israeli lawmaker: shame husbands who refuse divorce

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

An Israeli lawmaker has proposed legislation which would publicly reveal the names of any husband who refuses to grant his wife a divorce. Under Jewish law, a marriage can only be brought to an end if the husband agrees to issue his wife with a divorce document called a get. Until this has been granted…

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Kenyan politician’s daughter demands DNA test

October 11, 2017 0 comments

divorce

The daughter of a prominent politician in Kenya has called for a DNA test after he cast doubt on whether or not she was really his daughter. The comments followed the politician’s acrimonious divorce from her mother. This was granted, local newspaper The Star reports, on the grounds of her reported cruelty to him. During…

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