Catholics petition Pope over gay people and divorce

August 28, 2015 1 comment

Catholic Church, family law

Half a million Catholics have signed a petition calling for Pope Francis to publicly denounce divorced and gay people. Signatories to the petition included archbishops and senior cardinals. It stated that the Pope should “clarify the growing confusion amongst the faithful” at a Vatican synod in October. American conservative Catholic organisation TFP Student Action launched…

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Elderly Italians heading for divorce courts

August 17, 2015 0 comments

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Twenty per cent of all divorces in Italy are now filed by people over the age of 65, new figures suggest. According to the Associazione Matrimonialisti Familiaristi Italiani (Italian Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), the newly published figure represents a jump of seven per cent over five years: in 2010, just 13 per cent of divorces…

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Mediation rates ‘increasing’ amongst divorced couples

August 11, 2015 13 comments

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There has been a surge in the number of divorcing couples turning to mediation, a national organisation has claimed. National Family Mediation (NFM), based in Exeter, reports that it received an average of 3,400 calls per month enquiring about the option over the first six months of this year, more than twice the monthly average…

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Pope says Church should embrace the divorced and remarried

August 9, 2015 1 comment

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Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to accept and welcome divorced and remarried people, promising a Church of “no closed doors”. In a recent ‘General Audience’ speech at the Vatican, the Pope encouraged a relaxing of the Church’s stance on members who remarry, stating that they “are not at all excommunicated, and they…

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Greece joins Rome III Regulation on divorce law

August 5, 2015 0 comments

Greece, family law

Greece has become the 16th member of the Rome III Regulation, an EU legislation which determines which country’s law should be used in cross-border divorce cases. Rome III was passed by the EU Council in 2010.  Its original signatories include France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Belgium.  Greece withdrew support during its creation. The regulation aims to ease divorce procedure for couples…

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Why the UK needs no-fault divorces by Sam Harman

August 4, 2015 12 comments

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Citizens of the US, Australia, Canada, Spain, Sweden and even Russia and China have the option of obtaining a divorce without needing to prove fault on the part of their spouse.  Those of the UK do not.  An attempt in 1996 to change this was largely quashed by the right wing media, and since then…

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Social media blamed for rise in Chinese divorce

August 3, 2015 0 comments

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Social media networks are being blamed as the catalyst for many divorces in China. The claims come after China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs released new figures showing that over 3.6 million Chinese couples got divorced in 2014, a rise of 3.9 per cent, year on year. Access to social media platforms such as Weibo and…

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