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Uncle and niece’s marriage legal, US court rules

October 30, 2014 0 comments

Albany, New York, marriage

The marriage between a man and his teenage niece has been ruled legal by the New York State Court of Appeals. The court, in state capital Albany, ruled that the marriage did not violate the state’s Domestic Relations Law. Despite this law stating that marriages between an “uncle and niece or an aunt and nephew”…

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Definitely not a dull day… by John Bolch

October 30, 2014 0 comments

Buses

Family law reports, it seems, are like buses: you wait ages for one, and then several all arrive together. So it was on Tuesday of this week, when I came across no fewer than thirteen new reports. They gave a fair cross-section of what our courts (and, indeed, the European Court) deal with on a…

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National sperm bank opens in Birmingham

October 30, 2014 0 comments

family life

The UK’s first national sperm bank has opened in Birmingham, with funding from the Department of Health. Based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, the Women’s Fertility Centre forms the centrepiece of a campaign designed to encourage sperm donation and address a national shortage of donors. Demand for sperm has outstripped supply and significant quantities are now…

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Government hails troubled families programme

October 30, 2014 0 comments

family life

The government has hailed the latest results of its Troubled Families social welfare programme. Established in 2012, Troubled Families is a three year partnership scheme with local authorities across England designed to help families wrestling with such issues as antisocial behaviour, truancy and unemployment. There is a particular focus on the children of such families,…

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Government to consult on mandatory reporting of child abuse

October 29, 2014 0 comments

Houses of Parliament

The government is to launch a public consultation on plans to make reporting of suspected child abuse mandatory. Earlier this year Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Walmsley tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill currently proceeding through the House of Lords. This would have placed a statutory duty on professionals working with children to report…

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Family help announced for female prisoners

October 29, 2014 2 comments

prison, women, family

Women in prison will receive help to maintain family ties while incarcerated, the government has announced. Newly appointed ‘family engagement workers’ will offer emotional and practical support to inmates in all public sector women’s prisons. They will also provide training for prison staff to more effectively engage with prisoners’ families. The government said that, while…

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