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High Court Judge calls for abolition of marriage rights

October 21, 2014 3 comments

Wedding ring

Family judge Sir Nicholas Mostyn has spoken out at a family law conference for cohabitation and marriage to be given equal footing in law. In his speech, Sir Nicholas suggested that the current divorce and financial provision law is no longer fit for purpose. “It was designed in a wholly different era to deal with…

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Marilyn on arbitration

October 21, 2014 0 comments

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law, blog, video

It really is a shame how few people know about arbitration. When it comes to family disputes, it combines the best parts about the courtroom with the best parts of mediation. In addition to being a mediator, I am an arbitrator. I would not be an arbitrator if I wasn’t convinced of its effectiveness. I…

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Paternity testing in India tested in divorce case

October 20, 2014 0 comments

family law

In a change from the recognised Indian legal convention that prioritised a child’s legitimacy in a marriage, over a divorce being sought on the ground of infidelity by a partner, its Supreme Court has ruled that a DNA test can be ordered by courts as a “legitimate and scientifically perfect” tool to establish adultery in…

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Avoid apps that could make your divorce worries worse

October 20, 2014 0 comments

apps, infidelity, divorce

I was fascinated to read in the Times at the weekend how many new apps are on the market to those worried about divorce with the potential to hide the user’s infidelity. Names like Spy Phone, Vaulty Stocks or BlackBook app provide a rather racy indication to their purpose for anyone wishing to snoop on…

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A couple of bad ideas, by John Bolch

October 20, 2014 3 comments

divorce mistakes, divorce, family law, divorce advice

In the last week I have come across a couple of bad ideas for the reform of family law. One of the ideas has already passed into law, or at least is about to, and the other is no more than a proposal – a state in which, I would suggest, it should remain. The…

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Mayor of Rome defies Italy’s gay marriage ban

October 20, 2014 0 comments

Rome, Italy, gay marriage

The Mayor of Rome has registered 16 gay marriages despite it being banned in Italy. The marriages all took place outside of the country. The couples married in countries including Spain, Portugal and the United States. Mayor Ignazio Marino took this step despite a directive from the Italian Interior Minister to local prefects which demanded…

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Divorce granted in Dubai following ‘possession’

October 20, 2014 2 comments

divorce

A Sharia Court in Dubai has granted a divorce to a man after she repeatedly refused to sleep with him and her family claimed she had been possessed a ‘djinn’. Djinns, or genies, are supernatural beings in Islamic tradition, mentioned frequently in the Quran. When the husband could withstand her rebuttals no more he discussed…

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Ban on child marriages sought in Zimbabwe

October 19, 2014 2 comments

marriage law

Two victims of child marriage in Zimbabwe have taken the Government to court challenging the constitutionality of the country’s marriage laws. The women, from Glen View in Harare, claim the laws discriminate against girls by allowing marriage below the age of 18, citing a number of reports and legal instruments in support of their case….

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Businessman told to pay ex-partner £28,500

October 18, 2014 3 comments

cohabiting couples

A successful insurance agent must pay his former partner £28,500, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. David Southwell set up home with partner Catherine Blackburn in 2000, buying a house in Droitwich, Worcestershire in his own name and paying the mortgage for this. But when the relationship ended “acrimoniously” in 2012, his now ex-partner and…

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