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Couples who meet online more likely to break up

September 29, 2014 0 comments

Relationships

Couples who meet online are less likely to marry and more likely to split up, a new study suggests. Researcher Aditi Paul from the Department of Communication at Michigan State University examined data from an earlier study. This had surveyed the relationship history of 4,002 US adults in four successive years. Aditi Paul analysed the…

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Vilified for going to court, by John Bolch

September 29, 2014 2 comments

children and divorce

These days anyone in the government who says anything about family justice must, of course, ensure that they promote the virtues of mediation. True to form, last Wednesday Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes did just that. He was talking to the Family Mediators Association, so he knew he was on safe ground and that his…

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Irish government abandons surrogacy plans

September 29, 2014 0 comments

surrogacy

The Irish government has postponed plans to reform its surrogacy laws, according to new media reports. The government of Taoiseach Enda Kenny had planned to ban commercial surrogacy and introduce greater clarity for children born through surrogacy, as provisions within the forthcoming Children and Family Relationships Bill. Published earlier this year, this wide-ranging piece of…

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Serious case reviews shoot up

September 29, 2014 0 comments

child neglect

There was a sharp rise in the number of serious case reviews carried out in the year to March, new figures from Ofsted reveal. Serious case reviews are held by local authorities when a child dies or comes to serious harm as a result of neglect or abuse, in order to establish any lessons to…

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China’s ‘female virtue’ class closes down

September 28, 2014 0 comments

China

A class which teaches women in China not to get divorced has been ordered to close. Under the guise of ‘traditional Chinese culture’, the school taught women “female virtues” such as obedience to their husbands. There were roughly 12 of these classes each year, each with about 50 students. Lecturers for the class cited the…

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Mexican surrogacy agencies circumvent payment law

September 27, 2014 0 comments

Mexico

Surrogacy agencies in Mexico are finding ways to pay their clients despite laws against the practice, a new report suggests. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Mexico, just as it is in the UK. This means that a woman who chooses to carry another couple’s child to term cannot accept payment for her services except to…

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Russian court upholds gay ‘propaganda’ ban

September 26, 2014 0 comments

Saint Petersburg, Russia, LGBT

The Constitutional Court of Russia has upheld a law which bans “propaganda” supportive of LGBT relationships. In a statement on Thursday, the Court said the law was upheld because it did not “ban homosexuality as is” and did not “curb the rights of citizens based on their sexual orientation”. The controversial law was challenged by…

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