Couple who divorced 18 years ago to remarry

December 30, 2017 2 comments

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A British couple who divorced 18 years ago are to remarry. June Rose and Bob O’Sullivan, now both in their 60s, originally met at an ice rink and married in 1979. Talking to the Metro, 60 year-old Julie recalled: “It was a small, but lovely wedding. My sister, Lynda, now 58, was my bridesmaid and…

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Police slow to engage with ‘coercive control’ laws

December 29, 2017 9 comments

family law

Police forces have been slow to engage with coercive control laws, new figures suggest. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act came into force at the end of 2015. It defined “controlling or coercive behaviour’ as a form of domestic violence. To count, it must have taken place within an “intimate or family relationship” over…

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Children in foster care deserve better say MPs

December 29, 2017 2 comments

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The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed. In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care…

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Best friends of 60+ years discover they are brothers

December 28, 2017 0 comments

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Two men who have been best friends for more than six decades recently discovered that they are biological brothers. The older of the two, Walter Macfarlane, was born in the Hawaiian capital Honolulu in 1943. His mother intended to give him up for adoption but, rather than go through the official process of adoption, her…

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Divorce is taking longer

December 27, 2017 3 comments

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While the overall divorce rate may be in decline, the time each one takes is increasing according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 55, all of whom had divorced or separated at some point in the last decade, found that the average divorce took 14…

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Lonely this Christmas?

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December 24, 2017 0 comments

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As a nation we’ve fallen steadily more in love with Christmas since the first half of the 19th Century. The festival itself is much older than that of course, but It was then that much of the familiar iconography of Christmas as we know it today began to take shape. Victoria’s husband Prince Albert popularised…

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Seven new family law QCs appointed

December 23, 2017 3 comments

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The government has announced the appointment of seven new family law QCs. QCs, or Queen’s Counsels, are senior lawyers with different legal specialities. Most are practising barristers. They can apply for this prestigious title after acquiring significant expertise and a solid reputation. Appointment – by a nine-member selection panel – confers the right to wear…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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