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Conference calls for cooperation on migrant children

September 21, 2014 0 comments

chldren's rights

Speakers at one-day legal conference in London this week stressed the need for greater cooperation between agencies working with vulnerable migrant children. Working together to ensure the protection and reception of unaccompanied children in Europe addressed the difficulties facing professionals who work with unaccompanied migrant children in the UK, many of whom have been trafficked…

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Domestic violence: campaigners call for legal aid change

September 20, 2014 1 comment

Royal Courts of Justice

Campaigners gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday to publicise their challenge to the current legal aid rules. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) effectively eliminated legal aid for all family law cases between individuals, such as divorce. While there is an exception in the Act for…

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International Surrogacy: A Guide by Joanna Kay

September 19, 2014 0 comments

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Babies Gammy and Pipah, the twins born under a surrogacy arrangement, are back in the news today. The commissioning couple took Pipah to live with them in Australia and left Gammy, who has health issues, with the surrogate mother who is based in Thailand. The surrogate mother has now said that she hopes to travel…

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Restoration of legal aid is ‘imperative’

September 19, 2014 0 comments

Ring binder

The restoration of legal aid for civil and family law cases is “imperative”, a new report claims. The Bar Council conducted an online survey of legal practitioners in April to assess the effects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). They also conducted interviews with several professionals between May and…

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Chinese province launches trial divorce service

September 19, 2014 0 comments

divorce

A marriage guidance counsellor in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi has launched a ‘trial divorce’ scheme to help struggling couples. Spouses in the region who have grown tired of each other can opt for a ‘trial divorce’, separating for a period of time rather than legally ending their marriages. To date counsellor Tong Xin…

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US citizens say yes to gay marriage in national poll

September 19, 2014 0 comments

domestic violence

The majority of people who responded to a recent national poll of US citizens said they were in favour of gay marriage. The latest New York Times/ CNS News telephone poll surveyed a representative sample of 1,0009 adults earlier this week, of who 854 were registered to vote. When asked “Do you think it should…

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The burden of proof by John Bolch

September 18, 2014 0 comments

care proceedings

The term ‘burden of proof’ is one we have all encountered. It is even the title of a popular novel and a film. But what exactly does it mean? What the ‘burden of proof ‘means in a legal context is that the person or party that is alleging something has the burden of proving that…

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Care appeal allowed due to ‘scant’ judgement

September 18, 2014 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A couple’s appeal against care and placement orders for two of their three children has been allowed as the original judgement was deemed too “scant”. In Re N-D, the family in question originally came from Zimbabwe but settled in the UK 11 years ago after claiming asylum. They had three children – a teenager referred…

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